NEXUS lane open at Sumas border crossing

The lane will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day to help expedite cross-border travel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has expanded its NEXUS program to the Sumas, Wash. port of entry.

On Friday (May 25), a new dedicated NEXUS-only lane began operation and will run 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

The NEXUS program allows pre-screened, low-risk travellers expedited processing by U.S. and Canadian officials across the U.S.-Canada border at designated air, land, and marine locations.

Approved applicants are issued a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology-enabled membership card.

The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce has been lobbying governments on both sides of the border to give the Abbotsford-Sumas crossing the recognition it deserves as a major transportation link.

“In a meeting this January with U.S. Consul General Anne Callaghan we again expressed our support for a NEXUS lane at the Abbotsford-Sumas crossing,” said chamber president Patrick Giesbrecht.  “We are delighted that they have now taken action to expedite cross border travel by trusted members from B.C. to Washington State.”

Applications and NEXUS information can be obtained online http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or visit the Global Online Enrolment System at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes to begin the application process.