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ND Delegation Calls on CBP to Return Northern Ports of Entry to Pre-Pandemic Operating Hours

U.S.-Canada border ports of entry in North Dakota still operate on
reduced pandemic hours

– U.S. Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Congressman Kelly
Armstrong (R-ND) sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Commissioner Chris Magnus calling for a return to pre-pandemic hours at the
northern border ports of entry. North Dakota ports of entry continue to
exercise reduced and restricted operating hours first introduced at the
beginning of the pandemic over two years ago. 

the reopening of the U.S.- Canada border last year, North Dakotans remain
negatively impacted as our ports of entry continue to operate under the reduced
hours put into place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is essential to have
ports of entry open to pre-pandemic hours of operation to accommodate lawful
travel and trade with Canada, our close ally and largest trading partner. As
our economy is suffering from record high inflation, it is critical we remove
obstacles to the legitimate flow of goods and services in order to alleviate
mounting strain on the supply chain,” wrote the delegation.

Dakotans’ ability to conduct cross-border activity remains unnecessarily restricted
as a result of CBP’s refusal to return to pre-pandemic hours at our ports of
entry. We consistently hear from North Dakota’s border communities that are
struggling with the burdensome border restrictions and are frustrated by the
arbitrarily reduced hours. CBP must take into account the economic impact
reduced hours continue to have on both the U.S. and Canada. We therefore urge
CBP to extend hours of operation at North Dakota’s ports of entry,” continued
the delegation.

to read the letter.    

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