Abbotsford Chamber welcomes new Nexus lane

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced the expansion of the Nexus program to the Sumas, Washington port of entry

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced the expansion of the Nexus program to the Sumas, Washington port of entry. Effective May 25, a new dedicated NEXUS-only lane operates between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week.

The NEXUS program allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers expedited processing by United States 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/prog/nexus/menu-eng.html or visit the Global Online Enrollment System https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/main/goes to begin the application process.