Not unlike the rest of the economy, the manufacturing sector has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the manufacturing sector has been deemed an essential workplace1 since the outbreak, the sector continues to face a number of challenges with the economy opening up. A key area concern is crossing the border. On March 21, 2020, the Governments of Canada and the USA instituted a temporary 30-day restriction on all non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border. The ban on non-essential travel has since been extended to September 21, 2020, and will likely be extended beyond that date. Thus, it is important that border authorities and industrial organizations within Canada and the USA work together to continue to facilitate bi-national trade, including the movement of business travelers that help support our integrated supply chain.
Many manufacturing companies in Canada are closely integrated into a supply chain that transcends the Canadian-US border. Passenger and Commercial vehicles want their border crossing to go smoothly and with fewer delays. The best way to ensure this happens is to know what to expect and be prepared. Whether you are returning home to Canada or entering the USA, this document will provide helpful tips and tools to navigate your trip across the border.
This document is intended to serve as an evergreen document to inform the customs security process during COVID-19.