CBSA; Canada - US border crossings drop by 82 percent, 24 percent less truck drivers

Muskoka Post Staff

Canada Border Services Agency released statistics on Tuesday night outlining the drop in cross-border movement from March 23 to 29 after Canada and the United States agreed to limit non-essential border crossings compared to the same week last year.

The effects of Covid-19 have resulted in an 82 per cent drop in border-crossings from the U.S. into Canada by land, and a 96 per cent plunge in arrivals on U.S. flights.

The CBSA figures show a 24 per cent drop in truck drivers entering Canada compared to the same week in 2019. 

Non-essential travel between the two countries has been suspended since March 21.

The CBSA said the volume of international air travellers into Canada was also down 92 per cent compared to the same week a year ago, while commercial air traffic declined 16 per cent globally.

The statistics highlight the pandemic-induced effect on the economy and society.

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