U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security, reports that one million people have been given the designation of a ‘trusted traveler’ through the Global Entry program.
The program, which was launched five years ago, provides arriving travelers with a quicker, more efficient and more secure entry process into the United States, and has broad industry support.
“I commend the commitment and efforts of CBP and our government and industry partners who have made Global Entry the success that it is today,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. “Global Entry is a vital part of CBP’s efforts to maximize resources to facilitate the thousands of travelers that enter the country every day while enhancing border security at airports.”
Global Entry was launched on June 6, 2008, as a pilot program at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Washington’s Dulles International Airport and New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. Currently, Global Entry services are available at 44 airport locations. During the most recent peak travel season, more than 820,000 crossings were made using Global Entry kiosks, a 75 percent increase from 2012.
In order to qualify, an applicant must complete and submit an on-line application through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). ( Global Online Enrollment System (GOES) ) For more information, visit CBP.gov/globalentry. ( Global Entry ) In addition, Global Entry members who are U.S. and Canadian citizens also receive the benefits of TSA’s PreCheck program.
CBP said it continues to maximize resources to support a 12 percent growth in air arrivals since 2009. CBP is working to bring advances in technology and automation, such as I-94 automation and Automated Passport Control kiosks, to the passenger processing environment and exploring public-private partnerships to help support current and future mission requirements.
The Global Business Travel Association's Executive Director and COO Michael W. McCormick, congratulated the CBP. “Global Entry –a million members and still growing – is a success story for U.S. Customs and Border Protection and business travelers. Low-risk, high-frequency international business travelers are the perfect fit for quick, secure customs clearance on arrival at U.S. airports and at preclearance airports. That means one less travel hassle for these busy road warriors and one more win for the nation’s economy. Innovative Trusted Traveler programs like Global Entry that encourage, rather than discourage, business travel to the United States are essential to our ability to compete in the global marketplace.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of U.S. borders at and between the official ports of entry.