The Canadian government formally asked the U.S. Department
of Agriculture to drop its plan to charge Canadian truckers a new fee for
crossing the border into the States.
Today's Truckingreports the USDA will charge
truckers $5.25 per crossing, or $105 per year, to pay for a new operation that
would focus on the safety of agricultural products that are being imported.
However, Canadians have a problem with requiring all
Canadian truckers to pay the fee, regardless of what they are hauling.
The Canadian government says, in addition to the cost and
the log jams the inspections could create at border crossings, the plan may
also violate NAFTA.
- By Reed Black, staff writer