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U.S. and Canada Agree to Border Pre-Clearance Deal

March 16, 2015

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The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn
The Peace Bridge near Buffalo, N.Y. Photo via Wikipedia commons user Óðinn

The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

The agreement will be signed on March 16 by Homeland Security secretary Jeh C. Johnson and the Canadian public safety minister Steven Blaney. The deal was struck with hopes that it could alleviate the truck backups that frequently occur on the Peace Bridge going into Buffalo, N.Y.  

The effects of the deal may not be felt for a while, however, as it is likely to require legislative changes in both Canada and the U.S. The agreement is looked at like a step in the right direction for making preclearance on the Canadian border a reality.

“This binational agreement is an important step in the right direction toward a permanent preclearance program at the Peace Bridge, said Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-NY. “There is still a lot of work ahead to make preclearance a reality.”

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