Truck arrivals rise 7%

OTTAWA, Ont. - In yet another sign of a trucking industry rebound, the number of truck drivers entering the country rose 7% during the week of Aug.

31 - Sept.

6 from the comparable period a year ago. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday 110,507 truckers arrived in Canada during Aug.

31 - Sept.

6, up from 103,072 the same time last year. Truck crossings had fallen 2% during Aug.

24-30 after returning to normal the previous week.

Source: CBSA

Overall volumes during Aug.

31 - Sept.

6 were down 85% for those crossing via land, and 85% through airports, compared to the same time a year ago, the CBSA said. These numbers are consistent with the previous week, it added. Canada and the U.S. have agreed to keep the border closed to all non-essential travel until Sept.

21 to slow the spread of Covid-19.

The restrictions, first introduced in late March, are not applicable to commercial vehicles.

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