New joint border facility opens on 49th parallel

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OSOYOOS, B.C. — A second joint Canada-US border facility on the 49th Parallel is now operational at Oroville, Washington/Osoyoos, B.C.

The facility was built under the umbrella of the ‘Canada-United States Accord on Our Shared Border Joint Facilities Initiative’. Operating under the terms of the Accord, construction of this new shared facility has been a joint endeavour between the U.S. General Services Administration and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, which will each continue to manage the property on behalf of their country’s respective taxpayers.

“This is the first time that Canada and the United States have shared a large commercial port facility,” said Elinor Caplan, Minister of National Revenue . “This site exemplifies the partnership between Canada and the United States and our commitment to ensure that our shared border is efficient and secure.”

The Oroville/Osoyoos shared border services the interior of British Columbia into the Okanagan Valley, and the central region of Washington State.

The project provides new, expanded joint facilities for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

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