Dunseith Land Port of Entry

The Dunseith LPOE is one of five inspection facilities that stretch along the central portion of North Dakota and the only commercial inspection facility located in the north-central part of the state. The primary reason for traffic through the port is tourism for the International Peace Gardens that straddles the U.S.-Canadian border but also receives the third most truck traffic crossing the border in North Dakota. This project will focus on improving current facilities and expanding new drive-through technologies to rapidly facilitate the trade of commercial goods and livestock entering the U.S. Updated facilities expedite entry into the U.S. and Canada while also combating unsafe products, Intellectual Property Rights violations, and other predatory trade practices.

Angled black and white view of several low buildings with a road dividing them, and a 1960s car parked in front of one, and trees in in the background

LPOE details

Fact sheet: Dunseith Land Port of Entry Fact Sheet [PDF - 448 KB]

Address: 10947 US-281, Dunseith, ND 58329

Year constructed: 1961

Port size: 13,439 square feet

Budget: $70 million - 80 million

Primary tenants:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Average yearly border crossings:
24,109 personally-owned vehicles
24,814 commercial vehicles

Current status

The proposed project would enhance public areas, augment administrative and staff support areas, and redesign support facilities and parking. The project would satisfy current and projected operational needs, address significant site constraints, and provide modern, efficient, technologically current, and secure facilities for travelers and LPOE staff.

Environmental review

Dunseith Final Environmental Assessment [PDF - 6 MB] and Dunseith Finding of No Significant Impact [PDF - 298 KB] were completed for the project in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act.

Local updates

The project will help improve traffic flow both through the border to Canada as well as the entrance to the International Peace Garden that is between the U.S. and Canadian border stations. This enhancement will increase border security while decreasing wait times for travelers.

Project news

The Dunseith LPOE project is in the beginning phase. News articles or press releases will be posted here.

Feb. 25, 2022
North Dakota Border Station to be Modernized Under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Project timeline

Planning Design Construction

Owner project requirements and program development study
September 2022–May 2023

Design/build award
November 2023

Construction start
May 2025

Construction substantial completion
October 2028

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

We received $3.4 billion to invest in our nation’s infrastructure and competitiveness. The law provides funding for LPOE modernization projects that will create new good-paying jobs, bolster safety and security, and make our economy more resilient to supply chain challenges — all while serving as models for sustainability and innovation.

Sustainability opportunities

We will increase energy and water efficiency (including renewable energy and fossil fuel free measures), adhere to sustainable design principles, and minimize climate risk liabilities above the minimum performance criteria in a manner that is life cycle cost-effective.

  • Net-zero ready
  • 80% fossil fuel-energy generated reduction
  • Green Proving Ground technology
  • LEED Gold/SITES Silver
  • Whole-building embodied carbon reduction

Community impact

We will fully modernize the port with a new administration building, new pedestrian processing lanes, new primary building, new passenger vehicle lanes, and new commercial vehicle inspection area. The project will help improve traffic flow and border security while decreasing wait times for travelers.

Last Reviewed: 2023-05-04