Wild Horse Port of Entry switching to summer hours
WILD HORSE, Mont. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations announces the Port of Wild Horse will begin operating on its summer hour schedule of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily, on May 15. The summer hours will continue until Sept. 30. The winter schedule of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume on Oct. 1.
The Port of Wild Horse is located about 1½ hours south of Medicine Hat, Alberta, via Alberta 41, and 45 minutes north of Havre, Montana, via Montana Highway 232.
CBP also offers travelers tips to help expedite processing at the port:
- Have required proof of citizenship documents ready upon arrival at the primary inspection booth. You may present a valid passport, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license, a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES), a lawful permanent resident card, or current Native American and Canadian citizen tribal documents as your Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document.
- Traveling with minor children without both parents? A notarized travel permission letter should accompany minors when both parents are not present.
- Declare all purchases to the CBP officer, including fruits, vegetables, live animals and meat products in your vehicle. Keep your receipts as proof of where items were purchased. Failure to declare may result in penalties (fines) of $300 or more.
- Most U.S. or Canadian grown fruits and vegetables for personal consumption may enter the United States from Canada, except citrus, tomatoes, peppers and home-grown potatoes, which are prohibited. Each vehicle may enter with up to 50 pounds of Canadian-origin beef, pork, or chicken for personal consumption only. Meats, fruits, or vegetables purchased in the United States prior to entering Canada are not restricted (keep your receipts and leave the labels affixed).
- Do not bring firewood. All firewood is prohibited unless accompanied by a heat treatment certificate. Travelers with prohibited firewood will be returned to Canada to dispose of the firewood. Don’t move firewood! Buy it where you burn it!
- Traveling with pets? Dogs at least three months old need signed and dated certificates from a veterinarian verifying they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering the United States.
- Pet food must be manufactured in the United States or Canada, transported in the original container or packaging, must not exceed 50 pounds, may not require refrigeration, and may contain lamb or goat only if manufactured in the United States.
- Any weapons or ammunition must be declared when leaving or entering the United States.
- You must also declare any currency in excess of $10,000 when leaving or entering the United States.
- Never attempt to cross the border outside of the established hours of operation.
- For additional questions or clarification on the information above, please visit the Know Before You Go page in the Travel section at www.cbp.gov.
- For information on entering Canada, please visit the Travel Tips Section on www.cbsa.gc.ca or call 1-800-461-9999.
Wild Horse is a CBP permit port, which means a cargo permit is required to import commercial merchandise into the United States through this port. Permits must be approved in advance of cargo arrival. The CBP Area Port of Sweetgrass, which processes permit applications, has implemented a streamlined process to facilitate permit approvals. Contact the Supervisory Entry Officer at 406-791-6115 for more information.
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.