WASHINGTON (November 4, 2016)—U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on U.S. Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) announcement of new future customs Preclearance locations:
"Preclearance marries top-notch security and efficiency to improve the entry experience for U.S. visitors, and the travel community applauds its expansion. We are excited to hear that international airports in Bogotá (Colombia); Buenos Aires (Argentina); Edinburgh (Scotland); Kansai (Japan); Reykjavík (Iceland); Mexico City; Rome; Rio de Janeiro; São Paulo and Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) have begun the Preclearance approval process. The addition of these countries to Preclearance will be a welcome development for our entry system, and we thank CBP for its commitment to growing the program.
"Preclearing passengers at foreign airports before they even board a plane to the U.S. is great for both national security and our economy. Airports participating in Preclearance must uphold CBP's rigorous security standards, which ensures that precleared passengers are thoroughly vetted prior to their arrival. Preclearance also helps reduce the workload for U.S. customs agents at domestic ports of entry, allowing them to focus on lesser-known travelers.
"Giving travelers an innovative, convenient and efficient entry process with Preclearance sends the message that they are welcome here—and those who feel welcomed are more likely to visit again. From both an economic and diplomatic standpoint, modernizing the customs and entry process for legitimate international visitors helps the U.S. remain globally competitive as an attractive, welcoming destination. We hope to hear many more announcements like today's in the future."