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.