This story comes from the Department of Homeland Security, a federal agency that reminds travelers in remote Pembina, North Dakota to “anticipate heavy traffic in the United States on November 27 during the observance of Thanksgiving and for Black Friday.” It is “Black Friday” that officials are truly worried about. All of those Canadians moving south on the border to get to the deals at Walmart, apparently.
You can’t bring any food to the Thanksgiving dinner from Canada, not even maple syrup, apparently. No venison or wild turkeys either.
You can bring your guns and ammo so long as you flash them to the border guards as you pass by.
Keep all of your drugs well concealed. You can go to the hermetical sealing website for details.
Tell grandma to plan to have a late dinner because we aren’t leaving until after 3 p.m. Or, tell her to have breakfast ready because you will be there plenty early.
Oh this is bogus, you had better check the new Customs Border Patrol website for details. Or, you could invite all of your American relatives to come up and see you after spring thaw.
It just seems odd that DHS has to go to such lengths as this.
“Thanksgiving and Holiday Season Travel Reminder
Release Date: November 24, 2014
PEMBINA, N.D. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO), is reminding travelers planning trips across the border into Minnesota or North Dakota to anticipate heavy traffic in the United States on November 27 during the observance of Thanksgiving and for Black Friday. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
All travelers are reminded of a few simple steps they can employ to cross the border more efficiently.
1. Check out the new CBP informational website
The CBP site has been completely redesigned to help users quickly access the content they need. It also is optimized for access by smart phones and makes use of a new content delivery network that will improve access internationally.
2. Beat the border rush
Cross during off-peak times, such as before 6 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Most lines at the border start building in the morning and carry on into early afternoon.
Monitor wait times for the ports of International Falls, Minnesota, and Pembina, North Dakota, here. Information is updated hourly and is useful in planning trips and identifying periods of light use/short waits.
3. Keep travel documents handy
Make sure each passenger has the correct travel document accessible and ready to give to the CBP officer.
If you are a frequent international traveler and have not already become a member of a trusted traveler program, sign up now. For more information, please visit CBP’s Trusted Traveler site.
4 Know the contents of your vehicles and be prepared to declare all items
Travelers are required to declare all items being imported into the United States from Canada. If you are not sure about what to declare, do not hesitate to ask the CBP officer.
5. Know what food products can be imported
Many fruits, meats, dairy, and poultry products are prohibited from being imported into the United States from Canada.
For more information, view Prohibited and Restricted Items.
6. Declare all firearms
Travelers are reminded that specific requirements must be met to import or export firearms and ammunition to/from the United States. For more information on the importation or exportation of firearms and ammunition visit ATF, State Dept., and Commerce Dept. websites or contact CBP at 701-825-5800.
Our dual mission is to facilitate travel in the United States while we secure our borders, our people and our visitors from those that would do us harm like terrorists and terrorist weapons, criminals and contraband.
For more information on international traveling into the United States visit CBP’s Travel site.
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 the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.