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CBP Advises Travelers to Know Before You Go During Labor Day Holiday

DETROIT – U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations reminds travelers planning trips across the Detroit, Port Huron and Sault Ste. Marie border crossings to anticipate heavy car traffic during the Labor Day weekend.

Land border travelers may use a variety of documents to include a Passport, Passport card, Trusted Traveler card (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI, and FAST), an Enhanced Driver’s License, Enhanced Identification Card or approved Tribal Documents. U.S. and Canadian children under the age of 16 can present an original or certified copy of their birth certificate. Please visit the WHTI website for additional information. Use of WHTI compliant, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) enabled documents helps reduce the time it takes to process travelers at the border.

Blue Water Bridge

Blue Water Bridge

U.S. lawful permanent residents are reminded that their I-551 form is acceptable for land and sea travel into the U.S.

Frequent cross-border travelers are encouraged 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 (Global Entry, NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST) to expedite their entry and make crossing the border more efficient.

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Land border crossings have Ready Lanes available for those travelers with RFID enabled documents to help make crossing the border quicker and easier. Check http://apps.cbp.gov/bwt/ for up to date information on border waits.

With the last summer holiday, travelers should expect increased traffic at border crossings and are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ when crossing the border.

Crossing into the United States via the Blue Water Bridge

Entering the United States via the Blue Water Bridge

Tip #1 – Travelers should familiarize themselves with the “Know Before You Go” section of the CBP Web site to avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of prohibited items.

Tip #2 – Travelers should prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should have their crossing documents available for inspection and should be prepared to declare all items acquired abroad.

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Tip #3 – Members of the traveling public should consult the CBP Web site to monitor border wait times at ports of entry. Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light traffic/short waits.

Tip #4 – During periods of heavy travel, border crossers may wish to consider traveling outside of peak times, which normally occur, between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

Tip #5 – Travelers should plan to build extra time into their trips in the event they cross during periods of exceptionally heavy traffic like holiday weekends.

Tip#6 – The importation and exportation of firearms and ammunition must be declared and properly documented. Please view our prohibited and restricted items section of our website for more information.

Tip #7 – Know the difference between goods for personal use vs. commercial use.

Tip #8 –Do not attempt to bring fruits, meats, dairy/poultry products and firewood into the United States from Canada without first checking whether they are permitted.

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