The Partnership knows how important it is improve the border-crossing experience, which is why we recommend NEXUS.
What is NEXUS?
NEXUS is a bi-national program which expedites the border clearance process for low-risk, pre-approved traveled into Canada and the United States through the promotion of the NEXUS card.
Who uses NEXUS?
The NEXUS program is gaining traction among cross-border travelers, and for good reason.
According to The Buffalo News, the number of motorists in Western New York and Southern Ontario enrolled in NEXUS has increased by 23 percent in the last year.
Furthermore, the article states that motorists used designated NEXUS lanes on local bridges on 200,000 more trips in the last year than in previous years.
This summer, NEXUS announced their 1 millionth member. We expect that number to increase drastically over the upcoming years as efficiency at the border becomes increasingly important to travelers from both sides of the border.
Why use NEXUS?
The NEXUS program represents a win-win for the Buffalo Niagara region, as it serves to save time for border travelers into Canada and the United States.
Greater NEXUS usage means less congestion and shorter wait times when crossing the border.
For only $50 for five years of use, a NEXUS membership card is a no-brainer for those of us who regularly cross the border, as it gives access to a dedicated NEXUS lane.
NEXUS-dedicated customs inspection lanes are available at all of the following bridges:
- Peace Bridge
- Rainbow Bridge (U.S. plaza only)
- Lewiston-Queenston Bridge (Canadian plaza only)
- Whirlpool-Rapids Bridge (can only be used by NEXUS holders)
Your NEXUS identification card complies with the U.S. Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requirements that went into effect June 1, 2009, which allow only a passport or other secure travel document as acceptable forms of identification for U.S. and Canadian citizens seeking entry into the United States.
Children 18 and under who are U.S. or Canadian citizens are exempt and only need to show proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.
(Click here for more information on how to apply for a traditional NEXUS application.)
When to get Expedited NEXUS?
We’re thrilled to offer Partnership members with an exclusive opportunity to expedite the formal NEXUS program enrollment process through coordination with local U.S. and Canadian border agencies.
Contact us at CanAm@ThePartnership.org if you are interested in this program or simply email your GOES ID#, Name and Date of Birth and we’ll get the process started for you!
Through use of NEXUS, we help to ensure that Partnership members are provided with the easiest, fastest and most cost-effective way to cross the border so they can focus on their work; not their wait.