Hamilton Chamber Signs Letter Urging US Government to Reconsider its Removal of the Trusted Traveler Program
· by Bianca Caramento
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce joined the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership in a shared letter, urging the US government to reconsider the removal of the Trusted Traveler Program.
The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) removal of New York State from the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Trusted Traveler Programs (Global Entry, FAST, SENTRI, and NEXUS) threatens the future of a robust international gateway and a shared culture.
- 40 percent of trucks crossing the Peace Bridge rely on the FAST program
- 25 percent of cars use NEXUS, with that percentage growing during the tourism season.
Every day that this suspension continues will undoubtedly cost money, jobs, and time, dissolving the market confidence in our region. Every day that this suspension continues does real financial and societal harm.