CBP to staff extra agents at El Paso ports of entry for Easter


POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 11:50am

UPDATED: Friday, April 11, 2014 - 5:20pm

According to Customs and Border Protection officials, Holy Week and Easter is the busiest time for all El Paso ports of entry.

Starting Sunday, April 13, CBP will begin its "All Lanes Open Initiative," to ensure that all of El Paso's ports of entry are fully staffed during peak hours.

"We're trying to keep as many lanes open for longer periods at all our crossings. This is for all pedestrian crossings, downtown, all the car lanes," said Roger Maier, Customs and Border Protection spokesperson.

Maier said CBP agents will be paid using the department's overtime funding, in conjunction with the 560 Public-Private partnership CBP entered with the City of El Paso in 2013.

"It allows the city to pay for added work that CBP officers perform," said Maier.  The added hours will continue through April 26.

Maier said travelers can also speed up the process by having their entry documents ready, and by declaring all of the items they are bringing into the U.S. from Mexico, including confetti eggs.

Maier said the decorated eggshells are limited to ten per traveler because they come in a pack of a dozen, and agents will crack two eggshells to check the contents.  The fine for not declaring confetti eggs is up to $300. 

For a complete list of items, go to https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/detail/a_id/82/~/travelers-bringing-foo....





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