As with all aspects of the local economy, the COVID-19 pandemic is significantly impacting travel across the U.S/Canadian border. Today, the U.S. government released new restricted travel standards via the federal register.
While most travel is now restricted, the movement of cargo is officially considered essential travel. International trade is critically important to the Buffalo Niagara economy, and this designation will at very least, allow the CANAM supply chain to continue. Below, please find the current definitions of essential travel.
Essential travel includes, but is not limited to—
· U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States;
Individuals traveling for medical purposes (e.g., to receive medical treatment in the United States);
· Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions;
· Individuals traveling to work in the United States (e.g., individuals working in the
farming or agriculture industry who must travel between the United States and Canada in furtherance of such work);
· Individuals traveling for emergency response and public health purposes (e.g.,
government officials or emergency responders entering the United States to support federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial government efforts to respond to COVID-19 or other emergencies);
· Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo between the United States and Canada);
· Individuals engaged in official government travel or diplomatic travel;
· Members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and children of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States; and
· Individuals engaged in military-related travel or operations.
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership will continue to provide updates on COVID-19’s impact on CANAM trade. Thank you to the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance for its constant monitoring of international commerce issues. Learn more about the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance at canambta.org.