Saskatchewan-to-Montana trips could be affected by U.S. border cutback

Some Saskatchewan visitors to the U.S. will be affected by hours being cut back at a popular border crossing point.

Port of Raymond plans to cut back operating hours starting March 6

The Port of Raymond, just south of the Saskatchewan-Montana border, is cutting back hours for a 60-day trial period beginning March 6. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Some Saskatchewan visitors to the U.S. will be affected as hours are cut back at a popular border crossing point.

Starting March 6, as a trial run, the port of Raymond, Montana, will be closed for six hours during the night.

Currently, it's a 24-hour-a-day operation.

Border officials said saving money is the issue. They noted that in fiscal year 2015, the Raymond port of entry racked up $340,000 in overtime and more than $200,000 in temporary duty costs.

The exact hours when the port will be closed is still under discussion but they will fall during the midnight shift, which runs until 8 a.m. CT.

Officials held a town hall meeting on Feb. 11 in Raymond, where some people are worried about how the closure will affect business.

The test period that starts March 6 will last for 60 days. U.S. border and customs officials said they would be collecting feedback over that time. 

On the Canadian side of the border, at Regway, it will be business as usual and the port will be open 24 hours.

The bottom line is that people in Montana will be able to drive into Saskatchewan around the clock, but night hours will be restricted going the other way.


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