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Please stop using the ice bridges. Okay?

By SooToday.com Staff
SooToday.com
Monday, March 30, 2009

NEWS RELEASE

U.S. CUSTOMS AND
BORDER PROTECTION

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Customs and Border Protection Drummond Island snowmobile reporting station closes for the season

SAULT STE MARIE, MI - (March 30) - U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today that effective Sunday March 29 at 8 p.m. the closure of the reporting station on Drummond Island.

As spring arrives the ice conditions have deteriorated to the point where it is unsafe to cross.

Each year CBP inspects travelers who arrive from Canada by snowmobile via the “Ice Bridge.”

These bridges connect the snowmobile trails in Ontario to those on Drummond Island, MI.

Numerous recreational travelers take advantage of this unique crossing point and undergo CBP inspection upon their return from Canada.

Assistant Port Director Leroy Frazier stated: “This is what makes our Northern Michigan area unique” and “we will continue to do are part in securing our nations borders while facilitating legitimate travel, trade and tourism.”

CBP will re-open their doors to inspect private vessels and aircraft arrivals later this spring.

Boaters and pilots are asked to stay tuned for updates for this remote reporting station.

Travelers are also reminded that on June 1, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will go into effect at land and sea ports of entry, requiring travelers to present an approved travel document to enter the United States.

The approved documents include a passport, a passport card, a NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST trusted traveler program card or a state- or province-issued enhanced driver’s license.

Travelers under age 16 need to present only a birth certificate or alternative proof of citizenship.

Visit GetYouHome.gov for information on acceptable documents and how to apply for them.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the protection of our nation’s borders.

CBP unified Customs, Immigration, Agriculture Inspectors, and the Border Patrol into one border agency for the United States.

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