RICHMOND, BC, May 7, 2013 /CNW/ - U.S. Customs and Border Protection and
Vancouver Airport Authority announced today a new program, Automated
Passport Control, an expedited customs entry process that will allow
eligible passengers traveling from Vancouver International Airport to
the U.S. to clear customs more efficiently, while still ensuring the
same high standard of safety and security. This partnership is the
first-of-its-kind and aims to help travelers move more quickly through
the CBP preclearance inspection process by allowing entry of passport
information at a self-service kiosk.
"Increasing efficiency and streamlining processes are critical
components of CBP's modernization efforts at ports of entry," said
Thomas S. Winkowski, acting CBP Commissioner. "Travelers will still
speak with a CBP officer after using the Automated Passport Control
kiosks, however this will allow for faster processing and increased
focus on the traveler."
U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Vancouver Airport Authority
worked together to implement Automated Passport Control. The Airport
Authority developed the concept and built out the technology; CBP
partnered with YVR to allow this technology to be implemented and
ensuring CBP security and privacy requirements were incorporated.
Automated Passport Control does not require pre-registration, is easy
to use and maintains the highest levels of protection when it comes to
the handling of personal data or information. As a result, travelers
will experience shorter wait times, less congestion, and faster
processing at YVR.
"Vancouver Airport Authority is proud to have pioneered the technology
and hardware and partnered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection on
the implementation of Automated Passport Control at YVR," said Larry
Berg, President and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. "The Airport
Authority set the benchmark for this type of program when we worked
with Canada Border Services Agency to create Automated Border Clearance
for travelers returning to Canada. Automated Passport Control has the
ability to set the global standard for improving passenger efficiency
when travelling to the United States - and is an example of yet another
Instead of filling out a declaration card and taking their travel
documents to a CBP officer, passengers who are eligible and choose to
use Automated Passport Control can proceed directly to a self-service
kiosk in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance area.
Travelers will follow the on-screen instructions to scan their U.S.
passport, answer the customs declaration questions using the touch
screen, receive a receipt confirming their information and proceed to
the CBP officer to finalize processing.
For industry representatives interested in more information on Automated
Passport Control, contact your local airport authority or CBP port
director for airport technical design standards and business
About Vancouver Airport Authority
Vancouver Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit
organization that manages Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Canada's second busiest airport, YVR served 17.6 million passengers in
2012, facilitated 261,000 takeoffs and landings and handled 227,000
tonnes of cargo. Sixty-eight airlines serve YVR, connecting people and
businesses to more than 120 destinations worldwide. Vancouver Airport
Authority is a dedicated community partner and in 2012, donated over
$650,000 to community organizations. We are committed to creating an
airport that British Columbia can be proud of: a premier global
gateway, local economic generator and community contributor.
About U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within
the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management,
control and protection of our nation's borders at and between official
ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist
weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
SOURCE: Vancouver Airport Authority
For further information:
Vancouver Airport Authority
www.yvr.ca; Twitter: @yvrairport
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
www.cbp.gov; Twitter: @customsborder