The world’s longest border is set to shut for only the second time in history (the US briefly closed its border after the 911 terror attacks) as the US and Canada agree to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel while continuing to allow goods to move.
The move comes as the two countries scramble to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and will come into effect Friday.
On Monday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced sweeping restrictions that closed the country’s borders to most non-Canadian and US citizens, with exemptions for trade.
US President Donald Trump tweeted: “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic. Trade will not be affected.”
Trucking has continued to move relatively unimpeded between the two countries as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen causing extreme travel restrictions.
Trucking handles most of the CDN 750 billion (USD 560 billion) in merchandise trade between the US and Canada.