Canada-U.S. Deal Could Close Small Border Crossings
(CBC News – Evan Dyer)
Other border crossings could become unmanned ‘remote’ ports of entry
Canada and the U.S. have been negotiating to do away with some small border crossings and merge others as part of the far-reaching perimeter security deal recently announced between the two countries.
A leaked internal presentation of the bi-national Small Port Working Group reveals details of the negotiations over the fate of so-called “small ports of entry,” rural or small-town crossings stretching from St. Stephen, N.B., to Chopaka, B.C.
The document discusses four options being considered by officials with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for each of the 52 land crossings. The options are sharing facilities, mirroring working hours, using a “remote-technology solution,” or closing the posts altogether. Read more here.
Related: Border Crossings Up for Review (Morden Times)
Date: December 16, 2011