Tips for traveling across the border during Spring Break

By KBJR News 1

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Tips for traveling across the border during Spring Break

March 24, 2014 Updated Mar 24, 2014 at 12:50 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would like to remind travelers planning trips across the border into Minnesota to anticipate heavy traffic in the United States starting in late March.

CBP encourages travelers to plan trips in advance and have their Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card, U.S. Passport Card or Trusted Traveler Program card on hand. This will speed up your entry.

CBP has provided these steps to make your trip across the border more efficient:
1.) Check out the new CBP informational website by clicking here.
2.) Cross during off–peak times, such as before 6 a.m. or after 2 p.m.
3.) Wait times for the ports of International Falls, Minn., can be monitored by visiting the link above. Information is updated hourly.
4.) Keep travel documents handy. Make sure each passenger has the correct travel document accessible and ready to give to the CBP officer.
5.) Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items. Travelers are required to declare all items being imported into the U.S. from Canada. If you are not sure about what to declare, do not hesitate to ask the CBP officer.
6.) Know what food products can be imported. Many fruits, meats, dairy and poultry products are prohibited from being imported into the U.S. from Canada. For more information, please review the Prohibited and Restricted Items section of the "Know Before You Go" brochure by
clicking here.
7.) Monitor the weather and road conditions.

Ramona Marozas