U.S. government shutdown having little impact in Edmonton

Despite the partial United States federal government shutdown, it's largely business as usual for people or goods from Alberta heading south of the border.
Pedestrians pass the U.S. Capitol as the Congress remains gridlocked over legislation to continue funding the federal government in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty)

Despite the partial United States federal government shutdown, it's largely business as usual for people or goods from Alberta heading south of the border.

Travel from the Edmonton International Airport to the United States has not been affected, said spokesperson Heather Hamilton.

"Operations are running normally and our U.S. bound passengers are being processed without any problems at all," she said.

However if the shutdown continues, it could begin to affect customs officers at the airport which would create longer lineups for U.S.-bound travellers, she said.

Businesses are also keeping a close eye on the border. Edmonton's The Little Potato Company is aggressively expanding into the U.S. 

"We're keeping an eye on any potential delays at border crossings as well," said Sanford Gleddie, vice president of operations. "That would actually have more of an immediate impact on our business than any kind of downturn in the sales."

A U.S. Customs Border website showed no unusual delays so far today at any of the crossings.

With files from CBC's Janice Johnston


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