BlaineNEXUS hours expanded

Published on Thu, May 24, 2007
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Blaine NEXUS hours expanded

Beginning Friday, May 25, the hours of operation of the southbound NEXUS lanes at the Blaine Pacific Highway crossing will be expanded by two hours, to operate between 10 am and 6 pm, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced this week.

Current operating hours are from noon to 6 pm. The additional Pacific Highway’s southbound NEXUS lane operating hours will expand the benefits provided to those members of the traveling public already enrolled in the NEXUS program.

The expanded hours will be in effect seven days per week. The Pacific Highway northbound NEXUS lane into Canada will remain open from 2 pm to 6 pm.

The NEXUS lane at the Peace Arch crossing in Blaine remains open from 7 am to 9 pm, seven days per week, both northbound and southbound.

The NEXUS alternative inspection programs have been completely harmonized and integrated into a single program. NEXUS members now have crossing privileges at any air, land, and marine ports of entry. In addition, NEXUS is being expanded to seven airports in Canada.

The NEXUS program allows pre-screened, low risk travelers to be processed with little or no delay by United States and Canadian officials at designated highway lanes at high volume border crossing locations, at a NEXUS kiosk at the Vancouver International Airport, and at certain marine reporting locations in the Great Lakes and Seattle, Washington regions. Approved applicants are issued a photo-identification/proximity card.

CBP and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are cooperating in this venture to simplify border crossings for pre-approved, low-risk travelers.

Individuals may qualify to participate in NEXUS if they are a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada, residing in either country, or if they are a citizen of a country other than Canada or the United States who plan to temporarily reside lawfully in Canada or the United States for the term of their NEXUS membership and who pass an Interpol criminal history check.

Individuals approved to participate in NEXUS receive an identification card that allows them to use the NEXUS-dedicated lanes, and cross the border with minimum questioning.

To participate, both the United States and Canada must approve an individual’s application.

The processing fee for a 5-year membership is $50 US or $80 Canadian. Applicants who pay with a U.S. credit card may pay more or less than $50 US, depending on the exchange rate. U.S. dollar payments may also be sent by international money order.

Application forms are available by visiting the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) website. For NEXUS toll-free information (U.S and Canada) call 866/NEXUS-26.

The Blaine NEXUS enrollment center can be contacted at 360/332-2380.