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CBP Announces Temporary Expansion of Hours at two Land Border Ports of Entry in Montana

Release Date
Thu, 07/06/2023

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that it will begin a 120-day temporary expansion of hours at two land border Ports of Entry in Montana.

For several years, CBP has documented a reduction in privately-owned vehicle and pedestrian traffic at some POEs along its northern border with some ports having permanently reduced operational hours prior to 2019.  As part of CBP’s obligation to use its resources responsibly and most efficiently, continual evaluations of workload, staffing, operating costs, and traffic volumes were performed to align operating hours that reflect traffic patterns and place employees where they can be most useful.

This expansion will temporarily expand operational hours at the Piegan Port of Entry (POE) from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week beginning July 16.  The Raymond POE will temporarily expand operational hours from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week beginning July 30.

Currently, traffic volumes in Montana remain approximately 22% below their 2019 levels.  At the conclusion of the temporary expansion of hours, CBP will conduct an analysis on traffic flow including an hourly breakdown, overall volume, and types of conveyances that crossed the border.  CBP will also identify potential alternate POEs, review community impacts, and consider similar expanded hours at these locations.

CBP is working closely with its partners to discuss the operational details surrounding changes to port hours and is in close coordination with local governmental officials and congressional stakeholders.  These efforts enable CBP to better align staffing during peak hours, which in turn, allow CBP to better serve the public and protect our country.

Last Modified: Jul 06, 2023