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CBP Advises Travelers, Offers Cross-Border Tips, Victoria and Memorial Day Holidays Signal Peak Travel Season

Highgate Springs POE

ST. ALBANS, Vt. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agriculture specialists throughout Vermont and New Hampshire are providing guidance to assist cross-border travelers who intend to travel between the U.S. and Canada. The tips are designed to ease the crossing process for travelers as CBP officers and agriculture specialists maintain their principal anti-terrorism mission.

Please know that CBP officers and agriculture specialists in the St. Albans area of operations are here to assist you with your cross-border travels.  These officers are a part of America’s first line of defense and you can have peace of mind knowing these men and women are serving to protect our northern border 24/7.

CBP officers and agriculture specialists will treat each person who enters through a port of entry equally throughout each step of the inspection process.  Be cognizant that while each officer is upholding the law and fulfilling their daily duties in protecting America, each traveler also serves a very important role in the process.

In addition to the tips listed below, frequent 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. Travelers may apply online at the CBP Global Online Enrollment System website or the Canada Border Services Agency NEXUS website. NEXUS information is also available toll-free at: 1-(866)-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).

NEXUS members using the Port of Highgate Springs will enter the United States through the commercial vehicle lane on Friday, May 15.

Directing NEXUS members to the commercial vehicle lane allows CBP the use of all passenger vehicle lanes to handle the anticipated high volume of passenger vehicles during peak traffic times.

The commercial vehicle lane is clearly marked and is located to the far right as you approach the Port. This commercial vehicle lane will be open to all NEXUS participants during normal operating hours of 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

NEXUS currently provides more than one million members expedited processing at dedicated lanes at the border, at NEXUS kiosks at preclearance airports in Canada, and at maritime reporting locations.

For both NEXUS and non-NEXUS members, CBP officials are proactively reminding members of the traveling public that there are a number of steps they can employ to cross the border as quickly and safely as possible while avoiding violations of U.S. law. To assist travelers in their role and expedite travelers at the border, CBP has provided some basic border travel tips. For more information, please visit the “Know Before You Go” website.