Don’t drop the Canadian trailer off in the U.S. and then have the Canadian driver pick it up for delivery in the U.S.

Canadian truck drivers can take a load from Canada and drop it off in the U.S. Canadian truck drivers can also pick up a load in the U.S. and bring it back to Canada. Currently, they are exempt from many of the restrictions on crossing the border in both countries. Canadian drivers cannot, however, is pick up a load in the United States and then deliver it to another location within the United States.

Transportation operators transporting goods or passengers to the United States from the territory of another Party or loading and transporting goods or passengers from the United States to the territory of another Party, with no unloading in the United States, to the territory of another Party. (These operators may make deliveries in the United States if all goods or passengers to be delivered were loaded in the territory of another Party. Furthermore, they may load from locations in the United States if all goods or passengers to be loaded will be delivered in the territory of another Party. Purely domestic service or solicitation, in competition with the United States operators, is not permitted.)

8 CFR 214.2(b)(4)(E)(1)

Purely domestic delivery is also called point-to-point delivery, and the consequences to a driver will be very severe when Customs and Border Protection discovers it. Even if goods originate in Canada, they assume a domestic character once they come to rest in the United States. Guidance from CBP clearly states that drivers “may not pick up a shipment at one U.S. location and deliver that shipment to another U.S. location.” Canadian drivers who do point-to-point loads in the U.S. may be subject to a 5-year bar to applying for admission to the United States, or even permanent inadmissibility due to a fraud finding if they lie to CBP about doing point-to-point loads during inspection.

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