Canada Adopts Legislation to Streamline Customs Procedures for Travel to the U.S.

Canada has adopted legislation that will streamline customs inspections for those traveling by rail between that country and the United States.

The legislation allows the Canadian government to designate preclearance areas and perimeters, while giving U.S. agents the authority to conduct preclearance screening.

The new law would be a companion to the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act that the U.S. Congress adopted in 2016.

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) had sponsored the law in the U.S.

“With this legislation now in place, Canada and the United States— and especially Vermont — are poised to reap the rewards of improved border security and better economic growth,” Leahy said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing my work and partnership with the Canadian government to make expanded preclearance a reality.”

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