Schumer looks to end new US entry fee for Canadians

The fee was imposed by the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement, which became U.S. law in late October. To offset the costs associated with improved Colombian access to the U.S. market, the legislation implementing the agreement reinstated a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) customs fee.

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Section 601 of the implementing legislation calls on the fee to be reimposed on both Canadian and Mexican travelers, although Schumer indicated that his bill would only eliminate the fee for Canadians. The fee would only apply to passengers arriving by boat or plane, but not by car.

"Customs and Border Protection, while first and foremost working to keep Americans safe, should be rolling out the welcome mat for Canadians who want to spend their money in New York," continued Schumer. "I'm going to do everything I can to block these fees and make sure New York remains and attractive and welcoming place to visit."

Schumer said he would work with New York's House delegation in the hopes of moving a House bill as well.