Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into the United States, to make sure they have proper documents and to plan ahead.
Easter is traditionally the busiest time of year with family visits, warming weather and shopping opportunities that all contribute to the increase in traffic flowing into the United States.
On Friday, April 6, all inspection lanes will open at 6 a.m. at the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway ports of entry. CBP encourages travelers to take advantage of these earlier openings.
CBP also strongly encourages travelers to obtain a radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES) to expedite their entry and make crossing the border more efficient. The new Ready Lane is open at Peace Arch for those travelers with RFID-enabled cards.
Avoid peak travel times typically between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and consider alternate ports of entry. To avoid long delays, border crossers may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled Lynden or Sumas ports of entry.
Do not attempt to bring unauthorized fruits, meats and dairy/poultry products into the United States from Canada without first checking whether they are permitted. Review the "Know Before You Go" tip sheet at the attached website for additional information concerning your trip into the United States. (cbp.gov )
CBP officials continually monitor border crossing times at area ports of entry and plan to fully staff all inspection lanes during peak periods to maintain the flow of traffic.
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.