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    An officer peers into the trunk of a vehicle at the border crossing station in Highgate, Vt., along the U.S.- Canadian border.

Traveling internationally this summer? U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, wants you to brush up on your knowledge and what to expect when arriving at the U.S. border and traveling beyond it.

With a summer that is predicted to entice record numbers of people to hit the road within and beyond the borders of the U.S., CBP is prepared to welcome visitors.

“The United States has been and continues to be a welcoming country, and CBP remains committed to facilitating lawful travel to the United States,” acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said.

So what does the CBP want travelers to know before they head out on vacation? First and foremost, it wants you to make sure you have the right documents with you.

If you have questions about what you need to enter or re-enter the country, the CBP website at has the answers.

There are also a number of ways to streamline your border experience: Several apps can help visitors monitor wait times at the border and even automate passport control.

>> Automated Passport Control expedites entry for international travelers by submitting answers to biographical questions.

>> Mobile Passport Control allows U.S. and Canadian visitors expedited entry by streamlining the inspection process through an app that gives them a QR code.

>> Border Wait Time monitors delays at borders around the country. Savvy travelers can aim for ports of entry where wait times are the shortest.

The apps can be downloaded in the Apple App Store and via Google Play.

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