SAINT-JUST-DE-BRETENIÈRES, QC, July 17, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, visited the Canada Border Services Agency Saint-Just-de-Bretenières port of entry, one of five ports that launched the Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec.
The Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec allows for telephone reporting at select remote land-border locations where service hours differ from those at the U.S. ports. To participate, applicants must meet the eligibility criteria and complete an application process. In addition, participants must report by telephone upon arrival at the border outside of specified hours of operation.
- The Saint-Just-de-Bretenières port of entry is located approximately one hour from Montmagny, Quebec.
- The hours of operation of this port of entry are from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Saint-Just-de-Bretenières port of entry is most commonly used for commercial vehicles transporting wood logs and other related products.
- The Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec has replaced the Q-19 program. Q-19 was created in 1978 to facilitate commercial passage when specific remote Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) ports of entry in Quebec were closed. Travellers with secondary residences in these regions were later integrated into the program.
- The Q-19 program was designed to facilitate the crossing of travellers and commercial drivers at five locations along the Quebec-Maine border when CBSA ports of entry were closed.
- This program was available at the following remote CBSA border crossings: Sainte-Aurélie, Saint-Just-de-Bretenières, Saint-Pamphile, Pohénégamook and Saint-Zacharie.
"Our Government is ensuring safe and efficient crossings travellers and trade at the Canada-U.S. border. The Pilot Project for Travellers in Remote Areas – Quebec will improve access to border services for travellers and traders of the Saint-Just-de-Bretenières area into Canada during specified hours, while maintaining security standards."
- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Image with caption: "At the St-Just-de-Bretenières border crossing, the Honourable Steven Blaney, accompanied by representatives of the Canada Border Services Agency, tries the telephone that is used for the new customs clearance procedure. (CNW Group/Canada Border Services Agency)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140717_C3972_PHOTO_EN_4349.jpg
SOURCE: Canada Border Services Agency
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