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Feds to study border crossing fee, report says

BorderBELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Department of Homeland Security wants to study imposing a fee that would be collected from drivers crossing the U.S. – Canada border, the Bellingham Herald reported.

In the proposed study, drivers crossing the border into the U.S. would be charged an undisclosed fee. The study would “assess the feasibility and cost” of instituting a permanent charge.

Fees have previously been imposed on some customs and immigration services, including air service and sea traveler fees. No fees are currently collected at land crossings.

DHS’s 2014 Budget did not suggested the fee’s amount, and the planning is in preliminary stages.

Fee collection would occur at crossings in Blaine, Lynden and Sumas; as well as other crossing around the U.S.

Ken Oplinger, the president of the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry, told the Herald that imposing a fee on all border crossings would negatively impact Whatcom County businesses.

“It would certainly dampen the desire by the Canadians to come south,” Oplinger told the Herald.

Congressmen representing border districts, including U.S. Rep Suzan DelBene, D-Wash, dislike the plan, the Herald reported. Delbene’s Spokesman Viet Shelton said a fee at the border would decrease the total number of crossings, hurting local businesses.

“We shouldn’t be studying ways to make it more onerous and hard,” Shelton told the Herald.


15 Comments to “Feds to study border crossing fee, report says”

    Tori said:
    April 21, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    We have tolls at bridges all over the place and on ferries, it doesn't stop is from crossing. Why not have a "toll" say like 5 bucks coming in to the US from the lines I've seen at the borders, they can make a bunch of money and 5 dollars isn't going to deter anyone from crossing.

      jaynesbooks said:
      April 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

      Other than the American tax from air and sea passengers, name another border that charges a fee each time a person comes into another country.

        Tori said:
        April 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

        Who cares if other countries charge. We charge to cross bridges and state borders. Example: Illinois you pay to get in pay to get out.

    jonathon said:
    April 22, 2013 at 7:51 AM

    The canadians deny US citizens entry based on simple crimes from 10, 20 or even 30 years ago, and i can understand some crimes being grounds for denied entry, but come on, im a law abiding american and i have a passport and i cant get into canada because of juvinile record, im 32, so ya, im all for the US charging to cross into the US, its about time!

      jaynesbooks said:
      April 22, 2013 at 8:32 AM

      And you country does the same for those Canadians who have committed simple crimes from 10, 20 or even 30 years ago. I don't think a Canadian that has a juvie record could get into the States either.

    ken said:
    April 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Here's the problem I see, if you charge one group you better charge all groups or you will have a problem on your'e hands, i.e. Mexico

    hermes 札幌 said:
    August 6, 2013 at 6:55 PM

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