Cross-Border Truckers Advised to Expect Delays as U.S. Set to Impose New Restrictions
Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is set to begin enforcement of new cross-border travel restrictions beginning this weekend.
On Thursday, DHS confirmed it is moving forward with its previously announced plan to require foreign travelers seeking entry into the U.S. to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or be turned away.
The Biden Administration’s new mandate — which is set to begin on Saturday, January 22 — applies to travelers deemed “non-essential” as well as those who are “essential” including cross-border truckers.
The restrictions do NOT apply to U.S. citizens, Lawful Permanent Residents, or U.S. nationals.
DHS warned travelers to expect delays.
“Travelers should plan for longer than normal wait times and longer lines at U.S. land border crossings when planning their trip and are reminded to exercise patience,” DHS said.
DHS first announced the mandate in October of last year, but had been silent on the matter since that time leading to speculation the Biden Administration could delay or even cancel the requirements.
Many trucking stakeholders were hoping President Joe Biden would do just that as groups like the American Trucking Associations (ATA), Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) and Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) — just to name a few — each spoke out warning of “serious consequences” to the supply chain should the cross-border rules be enacted.
In December of 2021, a group of 14 Republican Senators wrote to the President urging him to reconsider imposing the rules on truckers.
Noting that there are “approximately 14,000 total truck entries along the U.S.-Canada border hauling more than $846 million of goods,” the Senators cautioned “any disruptions to the continuity of U.S.-Canada trade would likely have far-reaching consequences that extend beyond our shared border.”
Nevertheless, Mr. Biden along with DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas remained unswayed.
“These updated travel requirements reflect the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to protecting public health while safely facilitating the cross-border trade and travel that is critical to our economy,” Sec. Mayorkas said on Thursday.
TransportationNation.com will continue to closely monitor new developments at the U.S. borders.