Customs agents warn of heavy border traffic in Ogdensburg and Massena over holiday weekend
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:34 am

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning motorists that with the 4th of July holiday coming, people can expect delays at the Massena and Ogdensburg crossings.

They have guidance on how to expedite border crossings for travelers returning through the ports of entry this holiday week.

For instance they suggest preparing for inspection before arriving at the inspection booth. Those who have their WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled documents in hand before reaching primary inspection will likely be cleared more quickly.

Additionally, individuals should end cellular phone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should also have their windows rolled down for inspection and remove any sunglasses and hats prior to entering the inspection area.

Travelers are encouraged to visit the Know Before You Go section of the CBP web site. To avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of restricted or prohibited items, become educated prior to traveling, this includes agriculture products. Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad.

Allow for extra time and check border wait times in case of exceptionally heavy traffic. People may check traffic conditions at border crossings select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers can easily obtain current border traffic conditions at the Advisories and Wait Times section on CBP.gov.