July 6, 2016 -
In an effort to increase cruise passenger processing rates into the U.S. following a cruise, Port Everglades and its cruise line partners, in collaboration with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Vancouver Airport Authority, unveiled two BorderXpress automated passport control (APC) kiosks at the Port Everglades terminal in Broward County, Florida.
During the three-month pilot program travelers using BorderXpress can proceed directly to a self-service kiosk in the CBP processing area at Port Everglades, follow the on-screen instructions to scan their passport and answer customs declaration questions, then receive a receipt confirming their information and continue to a U.S. Customs officer to finalize processing.
“Port Everglades is excited to be the first U.S. cruise port to implement the BorderXpress APC technology and think about new ways to process passengers gaining reentry into the US, without compromising safety and security,” said Port Everglades Deputy Port Director Glenn Wiltshire. “We have high hopes for the technology during the summer months and are evaluating the efficiency, staff time and costs involved with the pilot program.”
According to a statement from the company, BorderXpress kiosks help U.S. Customs officers process up to four times more passengers than through traditional clearance. With this increased efficiency, travelers reentering the United States from Port Everglades will experience shorter wait times, less congestion and faster customs processing times.
“From airports to ports, our goal is to improve the travel experience,” said Craig Richmond, President & CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. “By introducing BorderXpress at Port Everglades, YVR continues to redefine the way passengers view the border reentry process, making it as smooth and hassle free as possible.”
Eligible passengers for BorderXpress include U.S. and Canadian passport holders and U.S. Permanent Residents. This service is available without pre-registration and at no cost to the user.