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How will a Global Entry Enrollment Center affect the TRI?

Hank Hayes • May 22, 2019 at 5:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials and Tri-Cities Airport Executive Director Gene Cossey cut the ribbon Wednesday on a new Global Entry Enrollment Center for international travelers.

The opening of the center on the main level of the airport terminal is the culmination of a two-year partnership between the CBP Tri-Cities Port of Entry and the Tri-Cities Airport Authority to deliver expanded services to the traveling public in the region. The center will provide international travelers in the Northeast Tennessee/Southwest Virginia/Western North Carolina region a centrally located CBP-staffed center to process Global Entry enrollments. The only other center in Tennessee is located in Nashville, more than four hours away. The closest facility to the TRI is in Charlotte, N.C., located more than three hours away.

“This opening of the Global Enrollment Center is just one more example of CBP’s dedication to protecting our borders while facilitating legitimate trade and travel in cooperation with our stakeholders,” said Thomas Cook, CBP Tri-Cities port director.

The center will allow travelers to create a Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) account. Regardless of your age, you must have your own TTP account. You can log in to your TTP account and complete the application. A $100 non-refundable fee is required with each completed application.

After accepting your completed application and fee, CBP will review your application. If your application is conditionally approved, then your TTP account will instruct you to schedule an interview at a Global Entry Enrollment Center. Each applicant must schedule a separate interview.

You will need to bring your valid passport(s) and one other form of identification, such as a driver’s license or ID card to the interview. If you are a lawful permanent resident, you must present your machine readable permanent resident card.

Virginia Croll, acting Memphis area port director, said Tri-Cities Airport was a good central point for international travelers to come.

“I think it will be a real nice boost to the community because people from outside are going to be coming in having these interviews and they will see this beautiful scenery and landscape,” she said of the center’s expected impact on the region. “It will encourage people from outside the community who are closer to Tri-Cities to come in for their appointments. We are booked with 32 appointments already today. I think this will put you guys on the map more than you already are.”

Cossey said the center will help the airport provide a level of customer service the region is not used to having.

“It will make the airport more convenient for people to get in and out of,” Cossey noted. “That should, in the long run, provide for better ridership. It’s not the same as adding additional flights. All of our big companies will like it, and our frequent travelers will like it.”

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