Customs Issuing New Traveler Cards

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency is reminding members of its Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program that all FAST cards must be compliant with the new travel document requirements under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) that went into effect on June 1. CBP is the unified border agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of U.S. borders.

FAST cards can be used by travelers in commercial lanes or in regular passenger lanes at U.S. land ports of entry.  They cannot be used in the NEXUS and SENTRI dedicated lanes.

CBP has been issuing new cards for current FAST members since March 16. The new cards have enhanced security features that allow U.S. and Canadian citizen cardholders to comply with the documentary requirements under WHTI. All members must activate their cards within 30 days of issuance by going to https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/.

FAST members are requested to destroy their old cards after activating their new ones and to verify and update their contact information online at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/.

CBP said it will notify FAST members when their old cards will be deactivated. FAST members who have not yet received their new cards should call the enrollment center where they joined the FAST program to schedule a time to pick up their new card in the next 30 days.

The FAST program is available to commercial drivers crossing both the northern and southern borders. Currently, the program has more than 91,000 members.

Visit www.cbp.gov.

Suggested Articles:

Business traveler sentiment remains strong, according to the latest GBTA Business Traveler Sentiment Index from RoomIt by CWT. More here.

“Sunday in the City” allows Ovation Travel Group advisors to stay at New York City luxury hotels. Details here.

ForwardKeys has released a report on the hottest destinations for a Christmas trip this year. Take a look.