CBP changed the hours of border ports of entry
It’s because of the marked decline in traffic volumes. They try to reach the numbers that were registered in 2019.
Starting April 1 and for 120 days, the four northern ports of entry will operate with extended hours. The information was provided by the Customs and Border Protection Office (CBP).
The four locations, which had extended hours, are the: Maida, Northgate and Sherwood POEs in North Dakota and the Porthill POE in Idaho. All are geographically located within CBP’s Seattle field office, the Bureau reported.
“For several years, CBP has documented a reduction in privately owned vehicle and pedestrian traffic at some points of entry along its northern border and some ports have permanently reduced hours of operation prior to 2019. As part of the CBP’s obligation to use its resources responsibly and efficiently, Ongoing assessments of workload, staffing, operating costs, and traffic volumes were conducted to align hours of operation that reflect traffic patterns and locate to employees where they can be most useful,” CBP detailed in its press room.
Thanks to this expansion, two extra hours were added to the already traditional ones. Thus, the Porthill port of entry in Idaho is operational from 7 am to 7 pm. In turn, the three locations in North Dakota are operational from 9 am to 7 pm.
The CBP explained that at this moment the traffic volumes of North Dakota and Idaho remain at 39 percent below that the registered in 2019. Now, with this expansion, the CBP analyzes the traffic flow hourly and the alternative entry points to try to stop this decline.
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection in and between the official ports of entry ”, conclude from the CBP.