Delays for container trucks at U.S.-Canadian border

| Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Longer delays at Canadian border crossings are expected this week due to last week’s upgrading of the U.S. security alert to "orange," or high risk, according to press accounts.

A U.S. Customs Service spokeswoman in Chicago said drivers should allow some additional time because inspections are being stepped up.

"Under alert level orange, we're doing an increased amount of inspections and these inspections take on a more intense nature," Cherise Miles told Canadian Press.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Canada's federal minister in charge of customs, Elinor Caplan, said container trucks at Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and Windsor could expect extra checks in light of the orange alert in Washington.

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