Border Backups

Senator Bernie Sanders hosted meetings in Vermont Thursday on the economic and social impact of long lines and sometimes hours-long delays at checkpoints along the border of the United States and Canada. "People are very upset and it's causing tension between border community towns," Sanders told WCAX-TV. The senator invited a senior Homeland Security official -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Thomas Winkowski - to see the situation firsthand at a town meeting in the

Senator Bernie Sanders hosted meetings in Vermont Thursday on the economic and social impact of long lines and sometimes hours-long delays at checkpoints along the border of the United States and Canada. "People are very upset and it's causing tension between border community towns," Sanders told WCAX-TV. The senator invited a senior Homeland Security official -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection Assistant Commissioner Thomas Winkowski - to see the situation firsthand at a town meeting in the Haskell Opera House. The historic building straddles the border at Derby Line, Vt., and Stanstead, Québec. "He's not just here to listen, but to come up with practical solutions to this problem," Sanders said.

According to the most recent statistics available:

  • Total Canada-U.S. merchandise trade was $461 billion

  • 17,500 Vermont jobs are supported by Canada-U.S. trade

  • In 2006 Canadians made more than 644,000 visits to Vermont, spending $89 million

  • In 2006 Vermont residents made 176,000 visits to Canada, spending $56 million
  • Vermont and Canada enjoyed a close trading relationship; cross-border trade reached $5.3 billion in 2005

To read the WCAX-TV report, click here.

To check on wait times for commercial and passenger vehicles at Canadian border ports of entry, click here.