Below is an important article on Global Entry from ASTA's Industry Affairs team. Please feel free to share this with your customers who would like to bypass Customs after a long flight home. As always, let us know if you have any questions.
February 2, 2009
Have you or your customers ever dreamed of bypassing customs and border protection when returning the U.S.? Now it’s possible.
Global Entry is a new pilot program managed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) which allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers expedited clearance upon arrival into the United States. Approved participants will enter the United States by utilizing automated kiosks located, at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington-Dulles International Airport, George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, and Miami International Airport. The process requires participants to present their machine-readable U.S. passport or permanent resident card, submit their fingerprints for biometric verification, and make a customs declaration at the kiosk’s touch-screen. Upon successful completion of the Global Entry process at the kiosk, the traveler is issued a transaction receipt and directed to baggage claim and the exit, unless chosen for a selective or random secondary referral.
To participate in the pilot program, travelers must be pre-approved and pay a $100 non-refundable application fee. Applications must be completed and submitted on-line through the Global On-line Enrollment System (GOES) at https://goes-app.cbp.dhs.gov/. According to CBP, all applicants will undergo a rigorous background check and be interviewed by a CBP officer before they are enrolled. Full details, can be found at Globalentry.gov.
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