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Port Everglades Cruise Terminal Adds BorderXpress Kiosks

Cruise Line & Cruise Ship | Port Everglades | Donald Wood | July 07, 2016

Port Everglades Cruise Terminal Adds BorderXpress Kiosks

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Port Everglades and its cruise line partners have announced the opening of two BorderXpress Automated Passport Control kiosks at the Florida cruise terminal.

As part of a three-month pilot program, officials from Port Everglades, the United States Customs and Border Protection agency and the Vancouver Airport Authority have added the BorderXpress kiosks to increase passenger processing rates following cruises.

The self-service BorderXpress kiosks will be available to users at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing area at Port Everglades, and will feature on-screen instructions to speed up the customs declaration process. After answering questions and scanning their passport, travelers will check out with a security agent who will finalize processing.

The goal for the BorderXpress kiosks will be to help customs officers process up to four times more passengers than through traditional security clearance procedures. This would afford cruise passengers shorter waits, less congestion and faster customs processing times.

“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,” Port Everglades Deputy Director Glenn Wiltshire said in a statement. “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.”

“From airports to ports, our goal is to improve the travel experience,” Vancouver Airport Authority CEO Craig Richmond said in a statement. “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.”

Cruise passengers eligible to use the BorderXpress kiosks include U.S. and Canadian passport holders and U.S. Permanent Residents, and service is available without pre-registration. In addition, using a BorderXpress kiosk is free to the user.

For more information, check out the official website of the Port Everglades cruise terminal.

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