U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations, advises travelers planning trips across Michigan border crossings with Canada about several steps that can be taken to expedite their arrival into the United States during the Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday shopping weekend. “During the holiday season, we will continually monitor traffic and wait times and adjust staffing accordingly to help with traffic flow while upholding our border security mission” said Christopher Perry, Director of Field Operations. “It is important to be prepared before you arrive, it really saves time.” With the holiday weekend approaching, travelers should expect increased traffic at border crossings across Michigan and are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ when crossing the border.
Tip #1 – Acquire the appropriate travel document. Passports, U.S. Passport Cards, Enhanced Driver’s Licenses are just a few of the approved documents. A list of all approved travel documents can be found at cbp.gov/travel. The site has lots of valuable information to help facilitate your border inspection experience.
Tip # 2 – Prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth by having your travel documents in hand. Roll down vehicle windows, end all phone conversations and remove hats and sunglasses before entering the inspection area.
Tip #3 – Become a Trusted Traveler. These programs provide modified screening for preapproved members, improve security by being more efficient during screenings, and facilitate legitimate trade and travel. Learn more about DHS Trusted Traveler Programs online at dhs.gov/trusted-traveler-programs.
Tip #4 – Check border wait times and give yourself extra time. Travelers can check traffic conditions at the border by downloading CBP’s Border Wait Time APP to their mobile devices for real time border crossing traffic conditions. The app is available in both Google Play and Apple App store.
Tip #5 – Declare your goods. Travelers should declare all items being brought from abroad that will remain in the U.S. This includes gifts and Duty Free purchases. Tip #6 – Food and Plants. There are numerous agricultural restrictions on fruits, meats, and plants. Before bringing these items back, check the CBP website on bringing agricultural products into the U.S. If you decide to take your chances and bring it with you, be certain to declare it, and be willing to surrender it if it turns out to be prohibited