Friday, August 13, 2010

Customs Should Remain in Cornwall: Coalition

(Michael Peeling — Standard-Freeholder)

The reasons why a coalition is calling to keep the port of entry in the Seaway City ring false for the Cornwall Regional Task Force.

In light of this week’s announcement that the construction of a new north span Seaway International Bridge will begin in the next year, the National Coalition Against Contraband Tobacco (NCACT) has said again that “it is critical the permanent location for the border point of entry remain in Cornwall, and not shift back to Cornwall Island or to the U.S. side of the border.”

The NCACT claims moving the border entry point from Akwesasne’s Cornwall Island district to Cornwall “made it more difficult for smugglers to move illegal cigarettes from the Akwesasne reserve across the international border into Ontario and from there across Canada.

“Prior to this move, illegal cigarettes skirted the border point of entry on Cornwall Island and flowed unchecked into Canada,” said the NCACT in a statement. Read more here.