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July 3, 2014

Busy border expected due to holiday

CHAMPLAIN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting a busy holiday weekend at the U.S./Canadian border.

The agency offers this guidance on how to expedite crossings through the Champlain ports of entry this holiday weekend:

• Have your documents in hand before reaching the primary inspection booth.

• Declare all items acquired abroad.

• End cellphone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth.

• Have windows rolled down for inspection.

• Remove any sunglasses and hats before entering the inspection area. 

Travelers are encouraged to visit the Know Before You Go section of the agency’s website, CBP.gov, to avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of restricted or prohibited items, including agriculture products. 

People should allow for extra time and are urged to check border wait times, listed at CBP.gov under the Advisories and Wait Times section. They can then select the crossing that is least congested.

As a reminder, the Ports of Cannons Corner, Jamieson Line and Churubusco have limited immigration-processing capabilities. Travelers requiring document processing are advised to use an alternate port of entry.

Cross-border travelers are always encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program, which allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada.

Application forms are available on www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca and www.cbp.gov or call toll-free at 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).

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