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Canadian snowbirds bristle at new US border fees.

M2 EQUITYBITES-April 25, 2013-Canadian snowbirds bristle at new US border fees(C)2013 M2 COMMUNICATIONS

A consumer advocacy organisation called the Canadian Snowbird Association has accused the United States government of wanting Canadians to pay to enter the United States in orther to help ease its desperate financial situation.

The US Department of Homeland Security's Fiscal Year 2014 budget requests a study to determine the feasibility of collecting a fee from pedestrians and passenger vehicles crossing between the United States and Canada by land.

Whether this fee would focus on those entering or exiting the United States, or both, and how much each crossing might cost has yet to be determined.

The snowbirds point out the the Canada-US economic relationship is one of the largest in the world. Trade in goods and services between the two countries totaled USD 645bn in 2010--more than USD 1.7bn in goods and services each day.

Fees for many commercial goods and agricultural inspections are already charged at the US - Canada border. Airline passengers in both countries already pay significant security fees on top of their ticket prices.

The Canadian Snowbird Association said it is a 70,000 member, non-profit, non-partisan organization representing Canadian travellers from across the country.

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