Canada and US open new NEXUS lane for border crossing in Washington

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Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced the opening of a new NEXUS lane at the Abbotsford-Huntingdon, British Columbia and Sumas, Washington border crossing. The lane is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., seven days a week for entry into Canada. NEXUS members must be a citizen of Canada or the US, or a permanent resident who has lived continuously in one or both of those countries for at least the past three years.

NEXUS members are required to show their membership cards upon arrival at the border until electronic card readers are installed later in the year. The CBSA said they decided to open the lane due to the popularity of the NEXUS program, particularly in British Columbia.

"This new NEXUS lane means a smoother crossing for pre-approved, low-risk travellers in British Columbia just in time for the long weekend in August," said Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. "It's another example of how Canada is working to improve the flow of legitimate travel and trade across our shared border."

The NEXUS program is available for pre-approved, low-risk travellers into Canada and the US at designated air, land and marine ports of entry. When travelling by air, NEXUS expedites border clearance by enabling card-holders to enter either country quickly and easily by using self-service kiosks.
  • The addition of the new NEXUS lane is also part of a number of improvements that Canada and the US are making to the NEXUS program as part of the Canada/US Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The Action Plan includes:
  • streamlining the membership renewal process;
  • launching an outreach and awareness plan to increase membership; and
  • lifting the three-year residency requirement in Canada for Canadian and American citizens to apply to NEXUS.
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