The Globe and Mail reports in its Saturday edition that a new agreement between Canada and the United States will soon allow travellers and cargo to preclear customs before they leave, allowing an easier movement of people and goods crossing the border.
A Canadian Press dispatch to The Globe says that Canadian air travellers have been able to clear customs before flying to the United States for decades at Canadian airports, letting them skip lineups when they land in the United States.
The two countries have agreed to add U.S. preclearance operations at Billy Bishop airport in Toronto and Jean Lesage airport in Quebec City.
The new agreement extends preclearance for travellers crossing by land, rail and sea. Early stages of planning are under way for preclearances for train passengers travelling from Montreal into New York and on the Rocky Mountaineer railway in British Columbia, which extends into Washington state.
Preclearance operations will be expanded to additional airports, and will, for the first time, allow preclearances of cargo travelling across the border.
The agreement was first announced in 2015 but required a number of regulatory changes in both countries before it could be enacted.
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