U.S. to assess border fees for Canadian truckers

| 9/5/2006

Many Canadian trucking companies are up in arms over a U.S. Department of Agriculture plan to start charging new fees on commercial shipments at the border.

According to Canadian Press, the U.S. plans to tighten agricultural inspections at the border to guard against disease, pests and bio-terrorism, and would use the new fee – which would cost truckers $5.25 per border crossing – to pay for that program.

A call to the Department of Agriculture by Land Line regarding the plan’s effects on the Mexican border was not returned.

Critics say the fee is unnecessary and amounts to a revenue-maker.