Border pre-clearance deal to be signed today

BUFFALO, NY- The U.S. and Canada have agreed to allow trucks going into the U.S. from Canada to clear customs on the Canadian side of the border, according to a report from The Buffalo News.

U.S. Homeland Security secretary Jeh C. Johnson and the Canadian public safety minister Steven Blaney will sign the agreement today in hopes that it could alleviate the truck backups that frequently occur on the Peace Bridge going into Buffalo, N.Y.  

But the effects of the deal may not be felt for a while because it will likely require legislative changes in both Canada and the U.S.

“This binational agreement is an important step in the right direction toward a permanent preclearance program at the Peace Bridge,” said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. “There is still a lot of work ahead to make preclearance a reality.”

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