Val Buren, Maine - The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Van Buren port of entry in Van Buren, Maine will be temporarily unavailable to north and south bound traffic due to construction of a road for the new port and a ramp for the existing port on October 2. All traffic, passenger cars, commercial trucks and pedestrians, are instructed to use alternate ports of entry.
The Hamlin port of entry is approximately 10 miles south of Van Buren and will be open 24 hours a day during this time. The Madawaska port of entry, which is normally open 24 hours a day, is approximately 25 miles north. Both locations are available to all traffic, passenger cars, commercial trucks and pedestrians. Detour signs, on both sides of the border, will also be in place to alert and direct travelers to the alternate ports.
CBP thanks the traveling public for their patience during this process and has taken steps to ensure that appropriate staff levels will be in place at the alternate ports to process the increase in traffic as expeditiously as possible. The Van Buren port of entry is expected to resume operations on October 5 at 0600 hours.
For information on port hours and wait times, please visit the CBP Border Wait Times Web site. (BWT)
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.