LANCASTER, Minn. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection will adjust the hours of operation at the Lancaster and Roseau ports of entry (POE), effective Jan. 7. The Lancaster POE will implement a seasonal schedule while hours at the Roseau POE will be reduced by four hours.
Current hours at the Port of Lancaster are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The new hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter months and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer. The summer month schedule will commence based on the Canadian holiday, Victoria Day beginning in May and will conclude after Labor Day in September. Travelers wishing to cross into the U.S. when the port is closed may cross at the Pembina, North Dakota, POE open 24 hours and located approximately 30 miles west of Lancaster.
The current hours of operation at the Port of Roseau are 8 a.m. to midnight. The new hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. year round. Travelers wishing to cross into the U.S. after hours may cross at the Warroad, Minnesota, POE open 24 hours and located approximately 21 miles east of Roseau.
“During recent town halls, local community and business owners expressed concern about the reduction of hours. CBP listened to the concerns of the community in determining the final hours of operation,” said Michele James, Director of Field Operations in Seattle. “The new hours are based upon current and historical vehicle crossing data and limited CBP resources. This slight reduction of hours, will allow staff to be reallocated to nearby ports of entry that have a need for additional staffing during busy times with higher traffic volumes.”
Travelers should plan ahead and adjust their travel according to the new hours of operation.
Changes to both locations will be effective Jan. 7.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.