Leaders aiming to speed goods across border

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WESTBROOK, CT — The leaders of border provinces and states say they are tired of seeing truckers sitting at a stand still at border crossings.

No formal action was taken at the meeting of New England governors and Eastern Canada premiers, but Premier Bernard Lord and some of his colleagues are eager to find ways to open the Canada-U.S. border to the free flow of goods.

“When trucks stay in line – some for hours – it just slows down the productivity,” says Lord. “At the end of the day, it’s the consumers that pay the costs, whether the consumers are in the States or they’re in New Brunswick.”

Trucks carrying goods in Europe can move from Stockholm, Sweden to Italy without ever having to stop at an international border, while at some Quebec border crossings you will see a large amount of trucks waiting.

“Waiting for what? Diminishing the flow of trade,” said Quebec Premier Bernard Landry.

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