Cross-Border Trucking to Continue Amid U.S. Border Lockdown
Washington D.C. – Trucking will continue at both the United States’ southern and northern borders despite new measures to significantly restrict border entries.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on Friday it had reached agreements with Mexico and Canada to limit all non-essential travel across the borders between the countries.
The U.S.-Mexico Joint Initiative will “temporarily” restrict non-essential travel across the southern border as both countries continue escalating measures with the intent to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Speaking at a White House press briefing on Friday, Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, confirmed cross-border trucking will continue.
“We will continue to have a strong and secure economic supply chain,” Wolf confidently stated.
The U.S. and Canada also reached an agreement on a similar measure this week after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on Monday, took action to restrict the entry of all non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents, with some designated exceptions including for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members for Canadian citizens, and U.S. citizens.
Read more about Prime Minister Trudeau’s order HERE.
The U.S.-Canada Joint Initiative also exempts cross-border truckers as the nations vow to continue the expeditious flow of trade and essential cargo such as food, fuel, and medical supplies.
The restrictions will be effective beginning Saturday, March 21.
— Director of Field Operations Christopher Perry (@DFODetroit) March 20, 2020