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CBP To Staff Additional Lanes At El Paso Port During Easter Week

Release Date: 
March 30, 2015

EL PASO, Texas -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection is announcing that it will expand the successful All Lanes Open Initiative during the days leading up to the Easter weekend. CBP is also advising travelers that the city of El Paso is providing additional public-private partnership funding to CBP which will allow the agency to open even more lanes than usual during specific times at designated crossings at the El Paso port of entry. A full schedule follows at end of this release.

CBP Agriculture Specialist displays cascarones at the El Paso port.

CBP Agriculture Specialist displays cascarones at the El Paso port

The Easter holiday week is also a time when CBP notes an increase in personal importations of cascarones. CBP agriculture specialists will remind travelers that they can legally import up to 10 cascarones but they must be completely clean and be presented for inspection. The colorful confetti-filled eggshells are a concern because they may introduce Newcastle’s Disease to the U.S. poultry industry. Violators are subject fines.

Another popular but banned Easter related product are Kinder Eggs. These are hollow milk chocolate eggs packaged in a colorful wrapper. A toy within the egg is contained in an oval-shaped plastic capsule. Many of the toys that have been tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the past were determined to present a choking hazard for young children. CBP in El Paso has intercepted these products in the past and will be watching for this product this year as well.

“Easter week is a busy period at area ports with the greatest traffic volume increase coming before Good Friday,” said CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations Hector Mancha. “Knowing the times when all lanes will be open as well as import restrictions will help travelers plan border their crossings while also avoiding penalties.”

CBP introduced the ALOI at the El Paso port of entry more than two years ago. Under this successful initiative CBP normally staffs all vehicular and pedestrian lanes between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. All lanes are open Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. and on Sundays from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

CBP is also reminding travelers that they can download and use the free Border Wait Time app to monitor crossing times. The app is now available at the Apple App Store and at Google Play. The app is a one-stop shop for cross border travel and provides estimated wait times and open lane status at land ports of entry. In addition to using the border wait time app travelers can observe view traffic conditions at the Paso Del Norte, Stanton and Ysleta bridges on the city of El Paso website.

Paso Del Norte - Vehicular Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours 560-ppp Hours with City of El Paso
Tuesday, March 31 0600-1000 1400-1800
Wednesday, April 1 0600-1000 1400-1800
Thursday, April 2 0600-1000 1400-1800
Paso Del Norte - Pedestrian Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours 560-ppp Hours with City of El Paso
Tuesday, March 31 0600-1000  
Wednesday, April 1 0600-1000  
Thursday, April 2 0600-1000  
Yselta - Vehicular Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours 560-ppp Hours with City of El Paso
Tuesday, March 31 0600-1000 1400-1800
Wednesday, April 1 0600-1000 1400-1800
Thursday, April 2 0600-1000 1400-1800
Bridge of the Americas- Vehicular Processing
  Regular ALOI Hours Additional ALOI Hours
Tuesday, March 31 0600-1000 1400-1800
Wednesday, April 1 0600-1000 1400-1800
Thursday, April 2 0600-1000 1400-1800

                            

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017