Ontario southbound truck crossings plummet

WINDSOR, Ont. — Cross-border trucking is in sharp decline between Canada and the U.S., according to the most recent statistics on international land movements.

The Public Border Operators Association, which represents crossings between Michigan and New York with Ontario reported major commercial traffic declines for February at its six bridges (four of which are the busiest between Canada and the U.S.).

The Ambassador Bridge — the busiest commercial crossing in North America between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit — experienced truck traffic declines of 35 percent, down 337,794 crossings from 518,596 in the period last year.

The second busiest, the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia, Ont. saw truck declines of 28 percent (189,678 crossings from 263,876). And the Peace Bridge between Buffalo and Fort Erie, Ont. experienced a 17 percent dip, down to 86,318 from 104,182.

Passenger car crossings have also declined by significant margins.

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