It may be time for truckers crossing the border into Canada at Blaine to
invest in a good book. Truckers have been looking at a crossing time of about
two hours this week and customs officials say it will probably be worse over
the holiday weekend.
According to U.S. Customs spokesman Ron Hays, the situation won't improve
any time soon, as the request for additional staff has gone unanswered. Hays,
advises drivers to avoid his border crossing altogether during the Labor Day
"It's going to be tough here at Blaine, with gridlock," Hays told
reporters. "I suggest drivers go 20 minutes away to the Lynden crossing
or go to Sumas. Or try to avoid weekend crossings altogether."
About 4,000 trucks cross the border at Blaine each day. Reportedly, the Pacific
Highway is the busiest crossing into western Canada and British Columbia Trucking
Association (BCTA) President Paul Landry says delays there cost Canadian business
$60 million each year.
Hays said not to expect relief at his station anytime soon. "We've made
requests for more staff, but there aren't any additional inspectors for the
northern border included in next year's budget," he said.