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[Federal Register: August 10, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 152)]
[Page 39965-39967]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access []



U.S. Customs and Border Protection

[Docket No. USCBP-2006-0037]

Expansion of Global Entry Pilot Program

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection; DHS.

ACTION: General notice.


SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently 
conducting an international trusted traveler pilot program, referred to 
as Global Entry, at seven airports. This document announces the 
expansion of the pilot to include thirteen additional airports.

DATES: The exact starting date for each airport location will be 
announced on the Web site at

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by ``USCBP-2006-0037,'' 
by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Border Security Regulations Branch, Regulations and 
Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, Mint Annex, 799 9th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20229.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency 
name, document title, and docket number (USCBP-2006-0037) for this 
notice. All comments received will be posted without change to http://, including any personal information provided.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received go to Submitted comments 
may also be inspected during regular business days between the hours of 
9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Office of Regulations and Rulings, Office 
of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th 
Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC. Arrangements to inspect 
submitted comments should be made in advance by calling Mr. Joseph 
Clark at (202) 325-0118.
    Applications for the Global Entry pilot are available through the 
Global On-Line Enrollment System (GOES) at 
Applications must be completed and submitted electronically.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fiorella Michelucci, Office of Field 
Operations, (202) 344-2564, or Daniel Tanciar, Office of Field 
Operations, (202) 344-2818 (not toll-free numbers).

[[Page 39966]]



    CBP is currently conducting a pilot program called Global Entry, 
which began on June 6, 2008. This pilot was announced in a notice 
published in the Federal Register (73 FR 19861) on April 11, 2008.
    The Global Entry pilot program allows for the expedited clearance 
of pre-approved, low-risk travelers into the United States. The initial 
Federal Register notice published on April 11, 2008 contained a 
detailed description of the program, the eligibility criteria and the 
application and selection process, and the initial airport locations: 
John F. Kennedy International Airport, Jamaica, New York, Terminal 4 
(JFK); the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Houston, Texas (IAH); 
and the Washington Dulles International Airport, Sterling, Virginia 
(IAD). CBP chose these initial airports due to the large numbers of 
travelers that arrive at those locations from outside the United 
    On August 13, 2008, in a notice published in the Federal Register 
(73 FR 47204), CBP announced that the pilot was being expanded to 
include all terminals at JFK and four additional airports: Los Angeles 
International Airport, Los Angeles, California (LAX); Hartsfield-
Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Atlanta, Georgia (ATL); Chicago 
O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois (ORD); and Miami 
International Airport, Miami, Florida (MIA).
    Initially, only U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. Lawful 
Permanent Residents (LPRs) were eligible to participate in the Global 
Entry pilot. However, as explained in the April 11, 2008 Federal 
Register notice, CBP has been working with other countries to recognize 
comparable programs operated by these countries and, as these 
arrangements are finalized, CBP will expand its eligibility criteria. 
The April 11 notice stated that such expansions of the pilot would be 
announced by publication in the Federal Register. On April 23, 2009, 
CBP published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 18586) that 
expanded eligibility for participation in the Global Entry pilot to 
include citizens of the Netherlands who participate in Privium, an 
expedited travel program in the Netherlands, provided they otherwise 
satisfy the requirements for participation in the Global Entry pilot 
program. Pursuant to the reciprocal arrangement with the Government of 
the Netherlands, these applicants are eligible for participation in the 
Global Entry pilot upon successful completion of a thorough risk 
assessment by both CBP and the Government of the Netherlands. Pursuant 
to the reciprocal arrangement, U.S. citizens who participate in the 
Global Entry pilot will have the option to apply for participation in 
Privium. For a more detailed discussion about the expansion of 
applicant eligibility to include citizens of the Netherlands, please 
refer to the April 23, 2009 Federal Register notice.


    The Global Entry pilot project offers pilot participants expedited 
entry into the United States at any of the designated airport locations 
by using automated kiosks located in the Federal Inspection Services 
(FIS) area of each airport. Global Entry uses fingerprint biometrics 
technology to verify a participant's identity and confirm his or her 
status as a participant.
    After arriving at the FIS area, participants proceed directly to 
the Global Entry kiosk. A sticker affixed to the participant's passport 
at the time of acceptance in Global Entry will provide visual 
identification that the individual can be referred to the kiosk. Global 
Entry participants need not wait in the regular passport control 
primary inspection lines.
    After arriving at the kiosk, participants activate the system by 
inserting into the document reader either a machine-readable passport 
or a machine-readable U.S. permanent resident card. On-screen 
instructions guide participants to provide fingerprints electronically. 
These fingerprints are compared with the fingerprint biometrics on file 
to validate identity and confirm that the individual is a member of the 
program. Participants are also prompted to look at the camera for a 
digital photograph.
    When the procedures at the kiosk have been successfully completed, 
which also involves responding to several customs declaration questions 
by use of a touch-screen, participants are issued a transaction 
receipt. This receipt must be provided along with the passport or LPR 
card to the CBP Officer at the exit control area who will examine and 
inspect these documents. CBP Officers stationed in booths next to the 
kiosk lanes also oversee activities at the kiosk.


    When using the Global Entry kiosks, Global Entry participants are 
required to use the kiosk to declare all articles being brought into 
the U.S. pursuant to 19 CFR 148.11.
    If a Global Entry participant declares any of the following, the 
kiosk redirects that user to the head of the line at the nearest, open 
passport control, primary inspection station:
    (a) Commercial merchandise or commercial samples, or items that 
exceed the applicable personal exemption amount;
    (b) More than $10,000 in currency or other monetary instruments 
(checks, money orders, etc.), or foreign equivalent in any form; or
    (c) Restricted/prohibited goods, such as agricultural products, 
firearms, mace, pepper spray, endangered animals, birds, narcotics, 
fireworks, Cuban goods, and plants.
    Global Entry participants may also be subject to further 
examination and inspection as determined by CBP Officers at any time 
during the arrival process.
    For a more detailed description of the Global Entry pilot program, 
please refer to the April 11, 2008 Federal Register notice, 73 FR 

Expansion to Additional Airports

    This notice announces that the pilot will be expanded to include 
thirteen additional airports. As with the choice of initial airports, 
CBP is expanding the Global Entry pilot to include those airports that 
service the largest numbers of travelers arriving from outside the 
United States.

New Airports and Dates of Operation

    CBP will expand the Global Entry pilot to the following airports: 
Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey (EWR); San 
Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California (SFO); 
Orlando International Airport, Orlando, Florida (ORD); Detroit 
Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, Romulus, Michigan (DET); Dallas Fort 
Worth International Airport, Dallas, Texas (DFW); Honolulu 
International Airport, Honolulu, Hawaii (HNL); Boston--Logan 
International Airport, Boston, Massachusetts (BOS); Las Vegas--McCarran 
International Airport, Las Vegas, Nevada (LAS); Sanford--Orlando 
International Airport, Sanford, Florida (SSB); Seattle--Tacoma 
International Airport-SEATAC, Seattle, Washington (STT); Philadelphia 
International Airport, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (PHL); San Juan--Luis 
Munos Marin International Airport, San Juan, Puerto Rico (SAJ) and Ft. 
Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 
(FLL). The exact dates of the expansion of the Global Entry pilot to 
the individual airports will be announced at http://

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    All other aspects of the program as described in the previous 
notices are still in effect.

    Dated: August 4, 2009.
Thomas S. Winkowski,
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
[FR Doc. E9-19038 Filed 8-7-09; 8:45 am]