New booth added at Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle to speed up border crossings this summer

MONTREAL, June 21, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - On this first long weekend of the summer, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that an additional lane for processing travellers has been installed at the Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle border crossing.

This ninth lane has been added to the eight existing lanes and the dedicated lane for NEXUS program members. Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle is the main point of entry to Quebec from the northeastern United States. Each year, over two million travellers pass through, with an average of 525,000 during the summer season.

During this busy time at the border, the CBSA is making every effort to minimize wait times. However, travellers can expedite their border crossings by following these five tips:

1.   Plan ahead to avoid delays at the Canada-U.S. land border. The CBSA suggests that you avoid travelling during peak periods such as afternoons and weekends, and use the Internet to keep track of wait times. You can consult border wait times on the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CBSA_BWT, or on your cell phone at wap.gc.ca or www.gc.ca.
2.   Bring appropriate identification for yourself and for all children travelling with you, regardless of their age. CBSA officers watch closely for missing children and may ask you detailed questions about the children you are travelling with. If you have or share legal custody of the children, have copies of the relevant legal documents, such as custody rights, on hand.
3.   Declare all merchandise you have bought and have all your receipts on hand. Officers may ask you to show receipts for the goods you have purchased and your hotel receipts to verify the length of your stay outside Canada. Keep all of your receipts together and on hand to avoid unnecessary delays.
4.   Be aware of your personal exemptions. Depending on the length of your stay abroad, you may be entitled to certain personal exemptions.

After being away for

You can bring back goods, tax- and duty-free, worth up to…

24 hours or more CAN$50 
48 hours or more CAN$400 
7 days or more CAN$750 

Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products may be included in your 48-hour or seven-day exemption, provided you are of legal age. Certain restrictions apply.

5.   Know before you go. Certain goods are prohibited or restricted from entering Canada (weapons, certain plant and animal products, etc.). You can find out more about this by consulting the I Declare brochure, available at www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/pub/bsf5056-eng.html.

If you are a citizen or permanent resident of Canada or the United States, you can apply to become a member of NEXUS, a program designed to expedite the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved travellers into Canada and the United States. More information about this program is available at www.nexus.gc.ca.

For more information, visit the CBSA Web site at www.cbsa.gc.ca or contact the Border Information Service at 1-800-959-2036.

SOURCE CANADA BORDER SERVICES AGENCY

For further information:

Communications Division, Quebec Region
Canada Border Services Agency
Telephone: 514-350-6130

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