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CBP Predicts Busy Travel Weekend on Border

Release Date: 
March 28, 2018

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Easter is one of the busiest travel holidays, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting an increase in border traffic.  Travelers planning trips across the border should anticipate delays due to heavy traffic, and be aware of tips to reduce delays during the CBP inspection process.

Travelers bringing live plants over the border during the Easter holiday season are reminded to declare them and to expect additional screening by Agriculture Specialists. 

CBP officer inspects travel documents at Rainbow Bridge
Travelers should have documents ready
for inspection to reduce wait times at the
border. 

“This is a good time of year to educate the traveling public about what they can and cannot bring into the United States,” said Area Port Director Cary Frieling. “The Easter holiday brings a lot more travelers to the border.  CBP Agriculture Specialists are vigilant in preventing harmful pests and diseases from becoming established in the United States.”

For more information regarding CBP’s agriculture mission, click on the following link.

Travelers looking for ways to improve their travel experience should consider the following tips:

  • Acquire the appropriate travel document. Passports, U.S. Passport Cards, Enhanced Driver’s Licenses are just a few of the approved documents. A list of all approved travel documents can be found at www.getyouhome.gov.
  • Join NEXUS. NEXUS allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the U.S. and Canada. Application forms are available on the Canada Border Services Agency website at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca and travelers can apply online at www.cbp.gov. Additionally, NEXUS information is available toll-free at 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).
  • Check border wait times. Plan ahead. Give yourself extra time. Check traffic conditions at the border crossings within the region and select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers can download CBP’s Border Wait Time “APP” to their mobile devices for real time border crossing traffic conditions. The app is available in both Google Play and Apple stores. Travelers can also obtain current border traffic conditions at www.cbp.gov/travel/advisories-wait-times
  • If possible travel during non-peak travel times. Peak travel times generally tend to be between the hours of 9am and 5pm. If you are able, leave the night before to avoid peak traffic delays.
  • Prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Have your travel documents in hand, roll down vehicle windows and remove hats and sunglasses before entering the inspection area.
  • Travelers are encouraged to visit the “Know Before You Go” section of the CBP web site. To avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of restricted or prohibited items become educated prior to traveling, this includes agriculture products. Please visit http://www.cbp.gov/travel.
  • Declare your goods. Travelers should declare all items being brought from abroad that will remain in the U.S. This includes gifts and Duty Free purchases.
  • Food and Plants. There are numerous agricultural restrictions on fruits, meats, and plants. Before bringing these items back, check the CBP website on bringing agricultural products into the U.S. If you decide to take your chances and bring it with you, be certain to declare it, and be willing to surrender it if it turns out to be prohibited.
Last modified: 
April 23, 2018
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