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Today’s Pickup: US border officers target Canada Post trucks hauling pot to island

Canada’s federal postal carrier asks Canadian producers to stop shipping cannabis to Campobello Island — because of the troublesome transit through Maine.

Good day,

Canada Post wants Canadian cannabis producers to stop sending shipments to a tiny island because U.S. border officers keep seizing them from its sealed trucks when they briefly enter Maine.

Canada’s federally owned postal carrier sent letters to the cannabis firms in late October in response to an increase in Customs and Border Protection (CPB) officers’ searches of Canada Post trucks servicing Campobello Island in New Brunswick, according to a January report from Public Services and Procurement Canada.

All mail service to Campobello Island travels via Maine. While CPB officers have the legal right to search Canada Post trucks and may seize the cannabis — illegal under U.S. law, residents of the island of 900 and at least one lawmaker have called it a violation of Canadian sovereignty.

Canada Post worked with CPB after Canada legalized recreational cannabis in 2018 to address the U.S. transit issue by sealing its trucks. Nevertheless, CPB searches and seizures have continued.

Did you know? 

Freight volumes in Salt Lake City have declined recently — potentially because of carriers’ anticipation of a snowstorm.

Quotable:

“They are usually caught when one of their trucks is involved in a serious crash or is placed out of service for a safety violation.”

Joe Rajkovacz, of the the Western States Trucking Association, on what happens to so-called “chameleon carriers.” A federal judge recently ordered two chameleon carrier owners to forfeit $1.3 million.

In other news:

U-Haul driver towing boat arrested after chase, standoff in California

The driver of a U-Haul truck towing a boat was arrested after a chase and standoff in Southern California. The driver told police he had been sleeping and fled because officers startled him. (ABC-10 San Diego)

New app targets backhaul capacity for trucks in the Philippines

A new mobile app in the Philippines, Carga, aims to utilize unused truckload capacity for backhauls. (Manila Bulletin)

Mothers push for law to prevent underride collisions 

Two women who lost children in accidents with semi-trucks are pressing Congress to pass legislation aimed at preventing underride collisions. (The News & Observer

New group wants tougher regulations for Canadian truck drivers

A new advocacy organization, Safer Roads Canada, is seeking more stringent national standards for Canadian truckers. (Humboldt Journal)

JD deploys blockchain to speed up fish deliveries in China

The Chinese e-commerce firm JD.com is utilizing blockchain technology for faster deliveries from a carp fishery. (Seafood Source)

Final thoughts:

While it’s hard to see the value of U.S. border personnel taking a hard line on the small quantities of recreational cannabis briefly transiting through Maine, a state that has legalized the stuff, it also raises the question of why Canada Post makes deliveries to Campobello with a ferry.

Pot producers, meanwhile, haven’t shown any indication they intend to stop sending their products to the island.

Hammer down, everyone!

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Nate Tabak, Canada Correspondent

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist who covers Canada for FreightWaves. He spent seven years as an investigative reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley. Contact Nate at ntabak@freightwaves.com.

2 Comments

  1. Wouldn’t Customs and Border Protection be CBP? Anyway, I guess this is how the Great War of 2020 will start, with Canada bringing its military might to bear against the US to protect its right to deliver weed.

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