Local border crossing left off list of pre-clearance checkpoints

Local border crossing left off list of pre-clearance checkpoints

CORNWALL, Ontario – Despite reports that suggested the border crossing near Cornwall would benefit from a project that would ease travel congestion, nothing has been announced in Washington.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Barack Obama have endorsed plans to continue to move ahead on pre-clearing travellers moving between the U.S. and Canada.

The Canadian Press reported this week that Massena, N.Y., just across the border from Cornwall, was to be one of the locations chosen for the pilot project that would see travellers pre-cleared for venturing over the border, before actually reaching a checkpoint.

But in a statement Trudeau listed only changes at large centres like Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec City and Montreal.

“We also committed to make our borders more open and more secure, and we agreed in principle to expand preclearance to Billy Bishop Airport in Toronto, Jean Lesage International Airport in Quebec City, as well as rail service in Montreal and Vancouver,” read Trudeau’s statement. “The President and I reaffirmed our commitment to streamline trade between our countries. Each day, $2.4 billion worth of goods and services cross the border. We agreed to work in collaboration to bring trade and investment to new heights.”

It’s unclear if more announcements on the pre-clearance plan will be made.

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