Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection has temporarily closed the Peace Arch port of entry in Washington State to all southbound foot traffic attempting to enter the United States. The closure affects certain bicycle and vehicle traffic as well. This closure will be in place until late May 2010.
Restricted from making entry into the United States at the Peace Arch port will be all pedestrian foot traffic, all bicyclists applying for entry on foot, and all vehicles with commingled NEXUS and non-NEXUS travelers that deposit their non-NEXUS passengers as pedestrians prior to arriving at the primary inspectional booths. Bicyclists with NEXUS cards may continue to use the NEXUS lane at the port during this closure.
This temporary restriction is due to the ongoing construction of a new port facility.
All traffic is eligible to make southbound entry into the United States at the Pacific Highway port of entry located approximately one mile east of the Peace Arch port on Washington State Highway 543.
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.