Whitetail, Mont. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced the port of Whitetail, Montana will continue to operate under its winter hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mountain Time, seven days per week while the Department of Homeland Security and CBP evaluate comments made by the public on the Federal Register Notice, published August 24, 2011, proposing the permanent closure of Whitetail.
In previous years, CBP has extended its operating hours during the summer starting on June 1; however, due to the ongoing evaluation and Canada Border Services Agency's closure of the port of Big Beaver, Saskatchewan on March 31, 2011, CBP will maintain its current operating hours and not go to summer hours on June 1 this year.
CBP issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to close the Whitetail, Montana Port of Entry on August 24, 2011. The proposed change is part of CBP's continuing program to more efficiently utilize its personnel, facilities, and resources, and to provide better service to carriers, importers, and the general public.
The facility, about 100 yards south of the recently closed Big Beaver Port of Entry in Saskatchewan, Canada, was built in 1964 and does not have the infrastructure to meet modern operational, safety, and technological demands for ports of entry.
If closed, travelers would enter into the United States through one of two ports of entry closest to Whitetail - the ports of Raymond, Montana and Scobey, Montana. The Port of Raymond is 60 miles east of Whitetail and the Port of Scobey is 40 miles west of Whitetail.
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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.