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Customs working on quicker border crossings

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Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 10:52 am | Updated: 1:28 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

YUMA — Walking across the border at the San Luis port of entry gets faster beginning in January.

A new inspection program using radio-frequency cards will be used to verify the crossers' identities.

What's not clear is when the SENTRI, or Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, will be available at the port for motorists.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it depends on completion of the second port of entry in the Arizona border city that will handle commercial traffic.

The vehicle lane to be dedicated to drivers enrolled in SENTRI currently serves commercial tractor-trailers that travel between San Luis and San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico, but customs officials say the commercial traffic must be rerouted to the new port before motorists can use the SENTRI lane.

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