The U.S. government is considering charging a small fee to those who cross the U.S. border with Canada. This idea has caused for New Yorkers to complain to lawmakers who believe that this will not be good for the economy for either country.
New York residents are not the only ones protesting. Canadians are also very unhappy with this that has led to Canadian government officials request a meeting with members of the U.S. embassy to try to discuss the issue, who also considered this proposal to be a severe blow to the economy. Many people are considering on not crossing the border because of this possible fee.
Previously, this proposal was also being considered in for the San Diego-Tijuana Chaparral checkpoint to help fund its construction. But officials from both side of the border did not go through with it, because they also felt that it would not benefit the economy of both neighboring countries.
The fee to cross the border between the U.S. and Canada, which is 8,900 miles, has not been determined. Thousands of people cross daily either for business or pleasure.
However, when comparing the activity that this border has to Mexico and the U.S., this has caused Canadians to mention that instead of charging to cross the U.S.-Canada border, they should considered charging a fee at the U.S.-Mexico border like it was once proposed.
The Department of Homeland Security is now responsible for conducting a study, which is being estimated to conclude in about nine months, where tourists, mail, cargo trucks and other items will be observed to influence a decision.
It is estimated that each year about 350 million people cross the border between Canada and the U.S. that generate earnings of about $250 billion. Not to mention that this figure is leaving out business purchases.
U.S. states that border with Canada are: Alaska, Michigan, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Washington, North Dakota, Ohio, Vermont, Idaho, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire.
This fee is still being considered, where the pros and cons and costs are being contemplated before a green light is given on this proposal.