BLAINE, WASH.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is reminding travelers planning trips across the border this weekend into the United States to make sure they have their proper documents and to anticipate holiday traffic during the observance of Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the United States on November 11.
CBP's overall Resource Optimization Strategy intends to maximize existing resources, identify staffing needs, and explore funding sources to support identified staffing needs but CBP also encourages travelers to be prepared and educate themselves on U.S. rules and regulations.
CBP strongly encourages travelers to plan your trip in advance and obtain a radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as an Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST/EXPRES) to expedite their entry and make future border crossings more efficient.
To avoid delays border crossers may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled port of entry at Sumas, open seven days per week, 24 hours per day on State Highway 9 or the Lynden port of entry open from 8 a.m. until midnight on State Highway 539.
Ready Lanes are open to travelers with RFID-enabled cards at Peace Arch (8 a.m. until 1 p.m., Monday through Friday), Lynden (noon until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday) and Sumas (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday).
Do not attempt to bring 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 www.cbp.gov for additional information concerning your trip into the United States.
A new downloadable checklist is also now available that can be accessed on your smartphone or device to help you travel smart when traveling internationally."
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.