Truck arrivals plunge 16%

OTTAWA, Ont. – Nearly 19,000 fewer truck drivers entered the country during the week of Sept.

7-13, compared to the same period a year ago, the Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday. It said 99,450 truck drivers arrived during Sept.

7-13, down 16% from the comparable period last year. The plunge followed a 7% rise in arrivals during Aug.

31-Sept.

6.

Total land border crossings dropped 84%. (Source: CBSA)

Overall volumes during Sept.

7-13 were down 84% for those crossing via land, and 92% through airports, compared to the same time a year ago, the CBSA said. These numbers are consistent with the previous week, it added. Canada and the U.S. have agreed to keep the border closed to all non-essential travel until Sept.

21 to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The restrictions, first introduced in late March, are not applicable to commercial vehicles.

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