More Staffing at the Boarder for Champlain and Alexandria Bay

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is adding 2,000 officers and many of these additions will include staffing Land Ports of Entry at Champlain and Alexandria Bay.  The allocation is made possible by the Fiscal Year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, with help from Congressman Bill Owens, who is a Member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security. As a member of the committee, Congressman Owens advocated for the inclusion of greater trade-facilitating resources for New York and the northern border with Canada.

In an email to WNBZ, Congressman Owens says “Increasing Canadian trade and tourism is vital to local job creation and economic development, especially along the northern border,”and he continued by saying “Improving these border services supports the growth of business partnerships that increase Canadian investment in our region and provides our local businesses with greater access to the Canadian marketplace, growing jobs and local economies throughout the region.”

As co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus, Rep. Owens has long been an advocate of trade facilitation. While trade with Canada supports nearly 600,000 jobs in New York and more than eight million jobs across the U.S., delays at our nation’s land ports cost an estimated 26,000 jobs and $18 billion in lost economic output each year. On Friday, Congressman Owens toured the Champlain Port of Entry to view their Automated Commercial Environment system, an important technology in streamlining the submission and approval of regulatory paperwork by American businesses that rely on efficient border operations…

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