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Travelers To Expect Increased Border Traffic With Canada Day and July 4th Holidays

Release Date: 
June 29, 2017

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting an increase in border traffic throughout the next week which includes Canadian and U.S. national holidays on July 1 and July 4. CBP  reminds travelers who are planning trips across the border to anticipate delays and prepare accordingly.

Traveler hands travel documents to CBP officer for inspection
Traveler hands travel documents to
CBP officer for inspection

NEXUS sharply reduces travel times at the border.“The NEXUS program has so many benefits,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Not only does it reduce your wait when crossing the border, but members also have access to the Global Entry kiosks at many airports, and TSA PreCheck that saves time in airport security screening." 

All travelers are reminded of a few simple steps that can be taken to make their border crossing experience as efficient as possible.

  • Acquire the appropriate travel document. Passports, U.S. passport cards, enhanced driver’s licenses are just a few of the approved documents. A list of all approved travel documents can be found at www.getyouhome.gov.
  • Join NEXUS. NEXUS allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the U.S. and Canada. NEXUS is $50 for 5 years and children under 18 are free. NEXUS members who are U.S. citizens, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents, or Canadian citizens also receive the benefits of TSA Pre-Check. Apply for a NEXUS card today at GOES or visit the Trusted Traveler Programs section of the CBP website at www.CBP.gov.
  • Check border wait times - plan ahead. Give yourself extra time. Check traffic conditions at the border crossings within the region and select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers can download CBP’s Border Wait Time app to check wait times for bridges and crossings into the U.S.  Travelers can also download Canada Border Services Agency's CanBorder app to check wait times for bridges and crossings into Canada. The apps are available in both Google Play and Apple stores. Travelers can also obtain current border traffic conditions at www.cbp.gov/travel/advisories-wait-times
  • Beat the rush - cross the border during off-peak times before 7 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
  • Be ready - have travel documents in hand, roll down vehicle windows and remove hats and sunglasses before entering the inspection area.
  • Travelers should 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.
  • Declare your goods - travelers should declare all items being brought from abroad that will remain in the U.S., including gifts and duty free purchases.
  • Food and plants -  there are numerous agricultural restrictions on fruits, meats, and plants. Before bringing these items back, check the CBP website on bringing agricultural products into the U.S. If you decide to take your chances and items with you, be certain to declare them, and be willing to surrender them if they are prohibited.
  • Declare all firearms - specific requirements must be met to import or export firearms and ammunition to/from the U.S. For more information visit the ATF, State Dept., and Commerce Dept. websites.
Last modified: 
June 29, 2017
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