August 30, 2013

Holiday to boost traffic at border

CHAMPLAIN — U.S. Customs and Border Protection is expecting the border to be busy this weekend due to the Labor Day holiday.

The agency is offering guidance on how to expedite border crossings for travelers returning through the Champlain Ports of Entry.

People are urged to have their travel documents in hand before reaching primary inspection and to declare all items acquired abroad.

Individuals should end cellular-phone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth, have their windows rolled down and remove any sunglasses and hats.

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

Travelers can check traffic conditions at the four border crossings within the Champlain region on the website and select the crossing that is least congested.

The ports of Cannons Corner and Churubusco have limited immigration processing capabilities, so travelers requiring immigration document processing are advised to use an alternate port of entry.

Cross-border travelers are 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. information is available toll-free at 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).

For more information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements and prohibited or restricted items, visit

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