In advance of the Presidents’ Day weekend, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is warning of potential heavy traffic and is offering some guidance on how to expedite border crossings for travelers returning through the Ogdensburg and Massena ports of entry.
They believe it is worthwhile to allow for extra time and check border wait times for exceptionally heavy traffic at www.cbp.gov.
They suggest that motorists prepare for inspection before arriving at the inspection booth by having their WHTI- (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) or RFID- (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled documents in hand. Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad. They also suggest that people end cellular phone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should also have their windows rolled down for inspection and remove 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, including agricultural products, people may educate themselves about the rules at http://www.cbp.gov/travel.
For more information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers can visit www.GetYouHome.gov.
A new downloadable checklist is also now available that can be accessed on your smartphone or device to help you travel smart when traveling internationally.