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CBP Issues Travel Advisory for Traffic Entering U.S. in Portal, N.D. Area

Release Date: 
July 21, 2011


Portal, N.D. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is advising the traveling public that all commercial and passenger vehicles traveling in western North Dakota and southeastern Saskatchewan may be required to use alternate ports of entry due to local road closure. All U.S. ports of entry remain open at this time.

Canadian Highway 39 is currently closed from Estevan, Saskatchewan to the border at Portal, N.D. Commercial and passenger traffic can utilize the 24-hour ports of Dunseith, N.D. to the east of Portal and Raymond, Mont. to the west of Portal as alternate travel routes. Passenger traffic may also enter at Noonan, N.D. and Northgate, N.D.

During the Canadian Highway 39 road closure, commercial traffic will temporarily be allowed to enter at the Northgate, N.D. port of entry. This permission will be revoked as soon as Highway 39 is reopened. A further notice will be issued at that time.

No other government agencies are relocating to the Northgate port of entry at this time. All commercial shipments requiring U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Veterinary Service inspection or USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) examinations must be processed at the Raymond or Dunseith ports of entry. Alternatively, such commercial shipments may enter at Northgate and proceed via U.S. roads to the Portal port of entry for such other government agency processing or for more intensive CBP processing as directed. Commercial traffic entering at Northgate and required to report to Portal for further processing may be subject to penalty if failing to report to Portal, as required.

The Northgate port of entry is open seven days a week, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information on all port hours and wait times please visit the CBP web site.

For the most up to date road conditions and road closures please visit the ND DOT, Canada Highways and Montana DOT Web sites: North Dakota Department of Transportation, Government of Saskatchewan, Montana Department of Transportation.

For more information on port hours and wait times, please visit the CBP Web site.


Last modified: 
February 3, 2021