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Old 12-09-2014, 01:45 AM   #1
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The NEXUS Program

LarryandLiz mentioned the NEXUS program in another thread on this forum, and it got me wondering how useful NEXUS is to those Escape owners who have signed up for it.

For example, how helpful is it to folks who cross the border a couple of times a year towing a trailer? And how is it beneficial when making cross-border flights?

Thanks for your thoughts on this.

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Old 12-09-2014, 03:02 AM   #2
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Picture this; you're flying out of Orlando. The security area has about 20 xray machines and lines. There's like hundreds of people lined up. Your boarding pass says "TSA pre-check". You walk over to the side where it says TSA pre-check, down a condoned off pathway, up to the folks with a sign telling you all the things you don't have to do, like take off shoes etc. They smile at you because you're a "trusted traveler" and you're on your way. You do feel slightly guilty because all those other people are still in long lineups.

Need I say more. Oh, yes it works well with the trailer too.

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Old 12-09-2014, 11:57 AM   #3
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I don't have a NEXUS pass, but I fly out of Edmonton, Ottawa, and Vancouver and I've noticed that security bypass. It puts you in the same security check, but without the wait in line to get there; while waiting in the normal line, I've never seen a NEXUS passenger wait for more than a minute.

I haven't seen a land border crossing equivalent, but I haven't driven across the border for years; the CBSA web page for NEXUS land crossings says there are special lanes.
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Old 12-09-2014, 01:02 PM   #4
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Hi: Catchlight... Nexus is not avail. to me as I'm on the wanted list for attempting to import a 1/4 of a red pepper into the US. Alf
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Old 12-09-2014, 02:13 PM   #5
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It's handy as long as everyone in your party is a Nexus member. If not, you get fast tracked and your party gets delayed.
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Old 12-09-2014, 04:52 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Brian B-P;76135. It puts you in the same security check, but without the wait in line to get there; while waiting in the normal line, I've never seen a NEXUS passenger wait for more than a minute.

I haven't seen a land border crossing equivalent, but I haven't driven across the border for years; the [URL="http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/nexus/land-terre-eng.html"
CBSA web page for NEXUS land crossings[/URL] says there are special lanes.
Not quite the same security check. Usually fewer or sometimes no questions and more relaxed.

The Nexus lane for vehicles is usually so much faster. Whenever they show aerial shots of border lineups, with cars backed up a long ways, we always joke, oh look at that, one car heading for the Nexus booth. I really don't understand why more people don't apply for the card. Better for me though, don't want it getting too popular.

Lucky we still have our cards. My wife was caught taking two green onions across the border

Yes, it's all or nothing with card. If others don't have a card you can't use the Nexus lane, just the regular one.

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Old 12-09-2014, 07:03 PM   #7
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I don't have Nexus, since I don't frequent Canada, but I do have Global Entry, which expedites your return to the US only. I may get Nexus later if I find I'm doing a lot more foreign travel.
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Proximity to the border could also be a factor. So many Canadians live within easy driving distance of the border, about 40 minutes in my case, that it's useful more frequently. Also, a lot of Canadians are frequent cross border shoppers. Still, the two interviews and paperwork seem to reduce the number that are taking advantage of the program.

Global entry is also probably more useful for Canadians as we're more likely to be landing at a US hub after being overseas before continuing on to Canada.

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Proximity to the border could also be a factor. So many Canadians live within easy driving distance of the border, about 40 minutes in my case, that it's useful more frequently. Also, a lot of Canadians are frequent cross border shoppers. Still, the two interviews and paperwork seem to reduce the number that are taking advantage of the program.

Global entry is also probably more useful for Canadians as we're more likely to be landing at a US hub after being overseas before continuing on to Canada.

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Yeah I don't think it works that way Ron. Global Entry is a CBP program and it also gives you TSA precheck privileges, but its for US residents only.
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Old 12-10-2014, 03:19 PM   #10
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Ron,
Have you ever crossed the border from Canada into Sumas? Our recollection of the lanes is that you don't have access to the Nexus line until you get quite close to the actual stations. Of course, we didn't have a Nexus card so I am not sure if we are correct in this. I am wondering if we would still have to wait in a long line (potentially) for awhile before being able to move into the Nexus lane? Also, what I gather from what you said is that even having a trailer in tow, those with Nexus cards will not have to go through the searches that occasionally happen with trailers and RVs. Is this correct? Seems like a great option to me; just eliminating the wait time and the stress makes it well worth the investment.
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