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US border closures with Mexico, Canada extended through Sept. 21

Trucks will continue to move freight among the three countries

Trucks wait to cross the U.S.-Mexico border at the Port of Laredo. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection.)

The closures of the U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada for non-essential travel have been extended another month to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The land borders will remain closed through Sept. 21, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced in a tweet on Friday morning.

The U.S. land borders have been closed to non-essential travel since March in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Trucks have continued to move freight relatively freely across the Mexican and Canadian borders during the closure.

Pandemic-related shutdowns of large portions of the U.S., Mexican and Canadian economies have proven to be the biggest drag on cross-border trade.

U.S.-Mexico and U.S.-Canada cross-border freight volumes have pushed higher over the summer after plunging during the spring because of the pandemic.

Drug seizures have also surged at both borders during the closures. 

Cross-Border Freight Market Reporter Noi Mahoney contributed to this report.

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Nate Tabak

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist and producer who covers cybersecurity and cross-border trucking and logistics for FreightWaves. He spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a 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, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at [email protected]