BCTA lobbies to keep border crossing open to trucks

ALDERGROVE, B.C. — If Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) has its way, no more trucks will cross into the U.S. at Aldergrove, B.C.

The B.C. Trucking Association is hoping that doesn’t happen.

According to radio station News1130, Aldergrove is the 12th busiest border crossing in Canada and about 100,000 commercial trucks use the route to cross the Canada/U.S. border per year.

The CBSA says Aldergrove is not equipped with the proper security checks to detect illegal activity in commercial trucks, and would like the traffic diverted to the Pacific Highway crossing.

Paul Landry, president and CEO of the BCTA, is firmly against the closure of Aldergrove to trucks and says, "closing that crossing will add costs for the industry, will cause delays, and of course when you think about it from a climate standpoint, trucks travelling extra distances to go across other border crossings will only add to greenhouse gases and smog emissions."

The two sides are expected to meet on the issue later this week.

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