BUFFALO, N.Y.—As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection's mission to safeguard the nation's borders, CBP is offering the following guidance on how to expedite border crossings for travelers returning through Western New York's ports of entry.
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.
Allow for extra time and check border wait times in case of exceptionally heavy traffic. Travelers should check traffic conditions at the four border crossings within the Buffalo/Niagara region and select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers can easily obtain current border traffic conditions.
Cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program. NEXUS allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States 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 (866) NEXUS 26 or (866) 639-8726.
For more information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers can visit www.GetYouHome.gov.
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.