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North American Economic and Financial Integration

ISBN: 978-0-76231-094-4, eISBN: 978-1-84950-260-3

Publication date: 30 June 2004


This paper reports on the results of a research project aimed at estimating the costs of border crossing transit time and uncertainty for the U.S. and Canadian economies. The cost estimates are based on a review of prior reports, some 20 site visits to seven key crossings, and 173 interviews of knowledgeable organizations/persons. The key finding is that border transit time and uncertainty are costing some U.S.$4.01 billion, or 1.05% of total 2001 merchandise trade, and 1.58% of truck-based trade levels. The primary implication of the research is that it provides a baseline estimate of costs that can be used in cost-benefit analysis of alternative border management strategies.


Taylor, J.C., Robideaux, D.R. and Jackson, G.C. (2004), "COSTS OF THE U.S.-CANADA BORDER", Rugman, A.M. (Ed.) North American Economic and Financial Integration (Research in Global Strategic Management, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 283-297.



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