ROSEAU, Minn. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will hold informational town hall meeting on Nov. 2 in Roseau and on Nov. 6 in Lancaster, Minnesota, to discuss an adjustment to the hours of operation at both the Roseau and Lancaster Ports of Entry (POEs). CBP will be adjusting the hours of operation at the Roseau and Lancaster POEs effective Jan. 7, 2018.
The current hours of operation for the Port of Lancaster are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., which
coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of Tolstoi, Manitoba. Effective Jan. 7, the new hours of operation at Lancaster will be 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Travelers wishing to cross into the United States between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 a.m. may cross at Pembina, North Dakota, a 24-hour POE approximately 30 miles west of Lancaster.
The current hours of operation for the Port of Roseau are 8 a.m. to midnight, which coincide with the hours of operation at the adjacent Canadian Port of South Junction, Manitoba. Effective Jan. 7, the new hours of operation at Roseau will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Travelers wishing to cross into the United States between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. may cross at Warroad, Minnesota, a 24-hour POE approximately 21 miles east of Roseau.
Seattle Field Office Director of Field Operations Michele James said, “Minimal traffic after 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. along with fiscal responsibility with taxpayer money were a determining factor for the adjustment of hours at Lancaster and Roseau.”
The Ports of Lancaster and Roseau were identified for modification of operational hours to realign resources to workload. This adjustment will allow CBP to properly align staffing with workload, maintain CBP's inspection and enforcement missions, and redirect resources to ports with greater commercial and passenger volumes. Northbound travelers and cargo exports will not be affected by this change.
The Roseau town hall meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Nov. 2, at the Civic Center, located at 121 Center Street East, Roseau, MN.
The Lancaster town hall meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Nov. 6, at the Lancaster Community Center located at 118 Central Avenue South, Lancaster, MN.
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.