August 17 2007 - U.S. Customs & Border Protection now has an online application process for NEXUS enrollment. For more information, see the news release below.
Online Application: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/trusted_traveler/goes/
Similarly, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) indicates that applicants can now apply for a membership electronically, through the Global Enrollment System (GOES) by visiting the NEXUS website at www.nexus.gc.ca and clicking on Application - thence apply on line.
NEXUS is designed to expedite the border clearance program for low-risk, approved travellers into Canada and the United States. In December 2006, the NEXUS program was harmonized and integrated into a single program. NEXUS members now have crossing privileges at any air, land, and marine ports of entry that supports the program by paying one fee.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) are cooperating in this joint venture to simplify border crossings for members, while enhancing security.
Cross Border Organization Supports Public Pressure to Improve NEXUS.
January 2, 2008 - The Pacific Corridor Enterprise Council (PACE) was formed in 1989 as a non-profit, business organization to promote cross-border transactions and advocate the removal of barriers that impede the legitimate flow of people, goods and services across the Canada/USA border.
With the recent flood of NEXUS applications, both new and renewals, the bi-nationally managed low risk border crossing program has shown areas for improvement.
1. NEXUS needs an appeals process. The Blaine district used to have an ad hoc appeals process operated by local senior DHS officers. The procedure worked and was an example of local solutions to a national program. This has been discontinued in favor of a CBP Trusted Traveler Ombudsman US Customs and Border Protection at distant Williston, Vermont. The CBP Ombudsman office has no appeals mandate.
2. NEXUS needs a very clear set of rules. NEXUS is clear about its zero tolerance policy, however, zero tolerance without clear rules is arbitrary and unfair.
PACE dedicated a portion of its website to NEXUS issues including a forum for NEXUS aggrieved parties to share information. The intent of PACE is to advance the cause of improvements to NEXUS via forums and panel discussions with subsequent advocacy to responsible government officials.