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Ontario/US truck traffic reflects slowing economy

TORONTO, Ont. - The number of trucks crossing the Ontario-US border between January and September 2006 fell by over 82,000 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Bridge and Tunnel Op...


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GIVING BACK: The directors of the Fergus Truck Show presented cheques totaling more than $43,000 to 25 area groups who assisted at this year's event Oct. 30. The presentation brings the total raised by the Fergus Truck Show for community groups and Fergus Recreation to more than $550,000. The groups totaled more than 900 volunteers working a combined total of more than 6,000 hours. Hundreds of non-group volunteers also worked during the weekend event. "This year was exceptional over all past years. Every year we continue to break records," said Fergus Truck Show president, Don Watson. "The support of all Fergus Truck Show co-sponsors, the truck and tractor pull sponsors, the individual award sponsors, (and) the equipment and service suppliers, allows the show to grow, to promote the trucking industry and Canadian music, and assists local groups in fundraising. We truly appreciated the support of all." The 22nd Annual Fergus Truck Show will be held July 27-29, 2007.


TORONTO, Ont. – The number of trucks crossing the Ontario-US border between January and September 2006 fell by over 82,000 compared to the same period a year ago, according to the Bridge and Tunnel Operators Association.

The Ontario Trucking Association indicated that the drop in traffic provides further confirmation that the province’s economy which is so dependent upon the export of manufactured goods is feeling the effects of the high value of the Canadian dollar compared to the US greenback, competition from low cost manufacturing in China and a slowing US economy.

David Bradley, president of the OTA, whose industry hauls 80% of Ontario-US trade says, “the trucking industry is a good bellwether of economic activity and the current picture is not pretty.”

“Most of what is produced in Ontario is for export to the US and a lot of that traffic has dried up over the last year or so,” he added.

Less overall traffic

In addition to fewer trucks crossing the border, more than 150,000 fewer cars and almost 40,000 fewer buses and other vehicles crossed the border at the 11 Ontario-US crossings in the January-September period.

According to Bradley, the reduction in border traffic may have eased truck congestion at some of the border crossings, but people need to understand that this is not because the borders have become more efficient; it is because car and truck traffic is down.

“The border continues to thicken, and we have – despite the reduction in traffic – continued to see unacceptable southbound delays at some of the busiest crossings,” says Bradley. “More and more red tape and cost is being thrust onto cross-border trade supposedly in the name of security; little urgency is being given to much-needed short-term infrastructure and resource enhancements; there seems to be no long-term investment plan to ensure we’ll have the infrastructure in place to support future trade when we need it; and, we continue to be frustrated by complacency on the part of the people whose goods we deliver to ensure their companies and their freight are designated as secure.”

“The province’s future economic success is still indelibly linked to whether the border facilitates or impedes trade. It is now more important than ever that we get it right,” he concluded.


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