Border traffic expected to be heavy this Monday

Published on Thu, Oct 6, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Here's a press release from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) warning drivers border traffic will be heavy this weekend. Monday, October 10, is Canada's Thanksgiving, and CBP is expecting heavy volumes of travelers crossing the border.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding travelers planning trips across the border this weekend to make sure they have their proper documents and to anticipate heavy traffic during the celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving on October 10th.

Border traffic volumes are expected to be greatly increased during this holiday weekend and all travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently. Plan your trip, avoid peak travel times typically between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and consider alternate ports of entry. To avoid long delays, border crossers may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled Lynden or Sumas ports of entry.CBP strongly encourages travelers to obtain a radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, 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.

The new Ready Lane is open at Peace Arch for those travelers with RFID-enabled cards. Do not attempt to bring unauthorized 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 for additional information concerning your trip into the United States. 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.


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