Adding Germany to Global Entry sends a great message to would-be international visitors to the U.S., and makes us safer while strengthening the U.S. economy.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced Friday that travelers from Germany will now be able to join the Global Entry program. U.S. Travel and the travel industry as a whole welcome the expansion of this valuable trusted traveler program. Global Entry, which allows pre-approved, low risk travelers to enjoy expedited customs clearance in the U.S., has grown exponentially since its establishment in 2012—the list of trusted partner countries participating in Global Entry already includes the UK, South Korea, the Netherlands, Mexico and Panama. Continuing to expand Global Entry sends a great message to would-be international visitors to the U.S., and also makes us safer while strengthening the U.S. economy.

As in many areas of life, first impressions are key when it comes to welcoming international visitors to the U.S. In many cases, that first impression is made at U.S. ports during the entry process. The more safe, efficient and transparent that process is, the more likely visitors are to think positively about their time in the U.S., and to return again—and the greater the benefit will be to the U.S. economy. 2.1 million travelers from Germany arrived in the U.S. in 2014. During their stays, these visitors spent $6.9 billion on travel-related goods and services, which supported 43,600 U.S. jobs.

This number will likely grow substantially, with Germany’s inclusion in Global Entry—a 2015 report on South Korea travel metrics by the U.S. Travel Association shows that visitorship to the U.S. from a particular country increases dramatically once it is added to Global Entry.

Additionally, adding Germany to the list of trusted partner countries participating in Global Entry is a boon for diplomatic relations, solidifying a security partnership that benefits both nations while streamlining the entry process for travelers. The advanced screening protocols in place with Global Entry partners identify low-risk travelers ahead of time, freeing up CBP resources to be focused where they are needed most. This forward-thinking approach to security establishes trust between the U.S. and participating countries, and preserves America’s status as a premier business and leisure travel destination in an increasingly competitive global economy.

As we’ve said before, the sustained popularity of trusted traveler programs like Global Entry and its domestic travel counterpart, TSA Pre✓, is a rare win-win. It’s not only great news for travelers, who deserve a safer, more efficient screening process—it’s also good for security and good for the continued health of the U.S. economy. We applaud this move, and hope it will lead to further growth.