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Border Crossing at Jamieson Line, N.Y., to Close Aug. 21

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a final rule closing the Jamieson Line, N.Y., border crossing as of Aug. 21. The primary reason for this closure is the Canada Border Services Agency’s closure of its adjacent port of entry in Quebec on April 1, 2011. Other factors include the very limited usage of this port (an average of six privately-owned vehicles per day); the locations of the alternative ports of entry of Trout River and Chateaugay, N.Y.; the lack of infrastructure at this crossing to meet modern operational, safety and technological demands of ports of entry; and the net benefit of the closure, including the cost of necessary renovations were the port to remain open.

In response to a comment inquiring whether renovating this crossing would potentially increase trade between the United States and Canada per the Beyond the Border Declaration, CBP noted that this agreement is not relevant here because it primarily addresses coordination between the two countries at large border crossings.

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