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Plan Ahead for Black Friday at the Border: CBSA

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)WINNIPEG — Heading to the U.S. this Black Friday to take advantage of retail deals? Arrive to the border prepared, warns the CBSA.

The Canada Border Services Agency is reminding travellers to plan ahead to avoid possible delays at the border.

Everything from having travel documents ready to adding up receipts upon your return home can speed up the process.

The CBSA also asks travellers to be aware of any restrictions on the goods coming back into Canada, including certain fruits, vegetables, meats and plants from other countries.

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North Dakota Man Jailed After Trying to Sneak Across Border

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)A North Dakota man who attempted to sneak into Canada while hiding under a blanket has been sentenced to 60 days in jail.

Joseph Dwayne Fox, 33, pleaded guilty in a Winnipeg courtroom on September 12 to wilfully attempting to evade compliance of the Customs Act.

The Canada Border Services Agency said Fox had tried to enter Canada on September 9 but was denied due to his criminal record. A day later he tried again, but hid under a blanket in the rear of a vehicle at the Lena border crossing in southwest Manitoba.

Charges were laid due to Fox failing to present himself to a border officer upon arrival to the country.

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Construction to Begin at North Dakota’s I-29 Border Crossing

Pembina, ND Border
Vehicles wait in line to cross the U.S. border in Pembina, North Dakota. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Construction will begin Monday on northbound I-19 at the Pembina, North Dakota border crossing.

State officials say work will consist of adding an additional northbound driving lane at the crossing.

During the work phase, traffic will be reduced to one lane, speeds will be reduced, and a width restriction of 15 feet will be in place.

Flaggers may be present during certain construction activities. Work is scheduled to be complete in October.

For travel information in North Dakota, visit dot.nd.gov.

— Staff

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Border Crossings Reach Their Peak in August: CBSA

By Sarah Klein

CBSAIf crossing the border is in your weekend plans, the Canada Border Services Agency is reminding travellers to arrive prepared when returning home.

The CBSA says vacationers and other travellers heading to the United States should have their travel documents and IDs ready before approaching an agent.

Border traffic reaches its peak in August, according to the CBSA. To help minimize the wait, travellers are encouraged to know their duty limits. A duty and taxes estimator tool is available on the CBSA website.

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Gretna Border Crossing Closes Amid Flooding

By Brian Schultz

Flood Watch 2013

Overland flooding has forced the temporary closure of the Greta border crossing affecting all Canada-bound traffic from North Dakota.

Highway 18 south of the border is also closed, which is impacting travel on Highway 30 into Manitoba.

Travellers and commercial traffic seeking entry into Canada should consider the following alternate crossings:

  • Emerson Highway 75/Pembina US-I29 (24 hours)
  • Tolstoi Highway 59/Lancaster US-59 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
  • Winkler Highway 32/Walhalla US-32 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Travellers can monitor the situation by calling the border information service line at 1-800-461-9999 or checking highway conditions online.

Border Busier Than Usual This Long Weekend

By Sarah Klein

The Canada Border Services Agency searches a vehicle. (CBSA / HANDOUT)
The Canada Border Services Agency searches a vehicle. (CBSA / HANDOUT)

If a trip across the border is in your May long weekend plans, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is offering up tips to make it as smooth as possible.

As with every long weekend, border traffic increases and Victoria Day is the busiest day of the year for the CBSA. Mornings are generally a quieter time to cross, but officers are reminding travellers to still keep track of their personal exemptions.

Staying in the U.S. 24 hours or more allows you to bring back $200 worth of goods, while 48 hours allows for $800.

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Spring Flood Risk Increases in North Dakota

Flood Watch 2013

The top of a stop sign is barely visible on a street in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday, April 8, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA)
The top of a stop sign is barely visible on a street in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday, April 8, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Flood forecasters south of the border are calling for an increased flood risk along the Red River after the region received nearly a foot of snow this week.

The National Weather Service in North Dakota on Thursday called for a “major flood risk” along the Red, with significant breakout/overland flooding to occur. Forecasters also said the I-29 corridor could be impacted and compared it to 2010/2011 water levels.

Pembina, North Dakota has a 96% chance of major flooding along the Red River, with a similar risk existing for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Grand Forks will see a somewhat increased risk of moderate to major flooding at 50%.

The NWS said cool and snowy/wet conditions could delay the initial spring runoff into early April. A rapid melt and more precipitation would increase the risk.

Manitoba will release its updated spring flood forecast next week.

CBSA Warns of Heavy Traffic Heading to U.S.

If the Black Friday deals at home this year aren’t enticing enough and you venture down south, the Canadian Border Services Agency is warning of increased traffic volumes. It also happens to be American Thanksgiving.

The CBSA is anticipating heavy volumes of vehicles passing through its crossing between November 23-25.

The agency is reminding travellers to have proper identification readily available when approaching crossings, declare all purchases made and have receipts available. If possible, the CBSA is asking for travellers to provide a total sum of all goods purchased for each person in the vehicle.

Personal exemptions

After being away for:

  • Less than 24 hours: There is no personal exemption for stays less than 24 hours.
  • 24 hours or more: CAN $200 — if the amount being imported exceeds CAN $200, the duty and taxes are applicable on the entire amount of the imported goods.
  • 48 hours or more: CAN $800 — including alcohol and tobacco; duty and taxes are applicable on the amount of imported goods above CAN $800.
  • 7 days or more:  CAN $800 — including alcohol and tobacco; duty and taxes are applicable on the amount of imported goods above CAN $800. Goods may be in your possession at time of entry to Canada but are also permitted to follow entry to Canada (via courier, mail or delivery agent or pickup by the importer). Alcohol and tobacco must be in your possession at the time of entry to qualify for a duty-free exemption.

Border wait times are available online and via Twitter (Emerson crossing).

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