You hear alot of complaints by folks that just don't want to wait any time when they go thru customs, airport security, or the pick up of their burger. But from my experience on the Houlton Maine border, traffic moves right along and both the US and Canadian side are doing a good job processing travelers / cargo! One complainer locally did admit that the wait was short but this person was late to get to a kid's hockey game. That is not the fault of the border personnel. It is poor planning on the parent's behalf. He cut it too close and hoped there would not be anyone ahead of him and expected to sail thru the Canadian port of entry on the way to Woodstock New Brunswick. It is easy to criticize but the strong canadian dollar has added traffic at the border. And homeland security with future passport usage is a change many would like to not have to deal with. And according to Houlton Post Office's Leigh Cummings many folks could have gotten their passports quickly if they had not waited until the last minute like so many. Its human nature for most..wait until the last minute and hope the paperwork won't be needed and things will just return to the good old days! Just like getting to the airport a little early to avoid the stress of running down the concourse like OJ Simpson in the old commericals. Planning a little time at the border for the processing wait takes away the anger from a delay. For more explanations on the border crossing situation and dealing with it, visit this CBP site! These folks at Customs and Border Patrol are staffing extra help during peak periods.
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