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Moves aim to boost NEXUS use

The United States and Canada will streamline the renewal process for "NEXUS" cards and launch a publicity campaign to try to get more people to enroll in the program, which allows frequent travelers to cross the border more quickly.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection joined the Canada Border Services Agency in announcing the moves last week..

"This is just one of a number of initiatives the United States and Canada are undertaking as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan that will help facilitate lawful trade and travel while enhancing security," said David Aguilar, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The two countries will make it easier to renew a NEXUS card by waiving the interview requirement for cardholders whose personal information has not changed and who have maintained their low-risk status.

In addition, both countries have begun enrollment blitzes and promotional programs for the NEXUS card.

"With these commitments to retain and increase NEXUS membership, Canada and the United States will increase efficiency to better focus their resources and examination efforts on travelers of high or unknown risk," said Victor Toews, Canada's minister of public safety.