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By Jim Pettinger, President at UCanTrade, Inc. The latest Border Policy Brief from the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), “Passenger Flows through the Cascade Gateway: Changes from 2013 to 2018”, is now available at the BPRI publication website. This report is a preliminary analysis of findings from their passenger vehicle survey, which is conducted in […]
You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who lives and/or works as we do, in Ferndale just south of Blaine, WA and/or (South) Surrey, British Columbia (a suburb of Vancouver, B.C.), who does not know where and what IS the Peace Arch Monument. While many know and recognize the Peace Arch as a prominent, brilliant […]
Whether it was to catch a cheaper flight from Bellingham to Las Vegas or to shop at an I-5 outlet mall, since 2013 many British Columbians were flocking to the nearest lower-mainland border crossing and travelling to the states in search of a good deal. However, a weakened Loonie curbed many Canadian shoppers who’d been […]
By: Jim Pettinger, President and CEO at UCanTrade, Inc. David Davidson, retiring interim director of Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI), is leaving us with a challenge to implement a relatively simple plan to issue RFID-enabled cards to about 75,000 “high-frequency” border-crossing Canadian passport holders. He estimates this cost would be about 20% […]
This Global BC News Report (Video 2:08 min) shines a spotlight on one Vancouver, BC retailer (Moojoes) who, in the face of rising costs related to a falling Canadian Dollar, shifted their focus to selling online where “American buyers are more than happy to snap up a quality made product for a lot less…” It’s not […]
By: UCanTrade Staff Northwest Washington businesses can expect greater numbers of Canadian customers to visit on British Columbia holiday weekends. 2015 BC Statutory Holidays (PDF) January 01, Thursday  – New Year’s Day February 09, Monday – Family Day April 03, Friday – Good Friday April 06, Monday – Easter Monday* May 18, Monday – Victoria Day […]
By: Jim Pettinger Americans are known worldwide as hard workers who take little time off for holidays and vacations compared to others. However, Thanksgiving is a major exception. The holiday itself is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but the preceding week and following weekend are probably more festive and family-oriented for Americans than […]
By: Staff “UPS expects six days during the [upcoming holiday] season, to surpass its single-busiest shipping day last year,” reports Michael Sasso in his October 29, 2014 Bloomberg post. Spending $175 million on their “peak-season preparedness plan”, UPS plans to hire as many as 95,000 temporary workers and assemble up to 15 “mobile delivery stations” (similar to school […]
By: Jim Pettinger Americans are known worldwide as hard workers who take little time off for holidays and vacations compared to others. However, Thanksgiving is a major exception. The holiday itself is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November, but the preceding week and following weekend are probably more festive and family-oriented for Americans than […]