U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations reminds travelers planning trips across the border into the U.S. to make sure they have the proper documents and to anticipate periods of heavy traffic this weekend in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday. Customs and Border Protection officials likewise remind the traveling public that a number of steps can be taken to facilitate their arrival into the U.S.
Travelers should check traffic at all local border crossings within the Buffalo/Niagara region and select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers easily can obtain current border traffic conditions by calling the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission's toll free number at 1-800-715-6722 or by visiting any of the following websites: cbsa-asfc.gc.ca, nittec.org, peacebridge.com and niagarafallsbridges.com
Travelers are encouraged to prepare for cross border activity in advance. Travelers can obtain local border traffic conditions by either visiting the CBP web site at www.cbp.gov. Travelers can obtain a "Know Before You Go" brochure, which is also available on the CBP website. It contains valuable information including duty exemptions and restricted and prohibited merchandise.
Travelers should familiarize themselves with the "Know Before You Go" section of the CBP website and consult the border wait times page (Know Before You Go) (Wait Times -- Airport and Border). Wait time information is updated hourly and is useful in identifying periods of light use/short waits. Travelers should have their approved travel-documents available for inspection and be prepared to declare all items acquired outside the U.S.