OTA Joins Session to Find ways to Reduce Border Wait Times

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Earlier this week, OTA attended a seminar on the topic of macroeconomics and reduced wait times at the US land border.

The seminar highlighted findings of a study done by Dr. Adam Rose and the team at the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).  Perhaps most noteworthy was the finding that adding one US CBP officer 8 hours a day, 153 days a year to one port (Blaine, WA) could produce a boost of nearly 4 million dollars to Canada’s GDP and nearly 1 million dollars to the US GDP increasing both countries’ ability to be more competitive in the global economy.

The study was commissioned by US Department of Homeland Security and the findings have been used by DHS to secure successful funding to add additional resources to Customs and Border Protection.  The additional staff are anticipated to be in place mid-2015.

OTA would like to see a similar study done to determine the economic impact of adding one additional Canada Border Services Agency Officer.

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