U.S. SENATE — After more than a year of work by U.S. Senator Steve Daines, today the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the Port of Raymond will remain a 24-hour entryway into Canada.
“The announcement that the Port of Raymond will remain open 24-hours is welcome news for Montana farmers and ranchers who need to get their goods to market,” Daines stated. “I’m pleased that the CBP heard my frustration and that of Montanans and reversed their misguided decision to reduce their hours.”
On March 5, 2016, Daines and U.S. Representative Ryan Zinke met with CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner urging him to abandon reduced hours at the Port of Raymond.
On February 5, 2016, Daines and Zinke urged CBP officials to reverse their plans to reduce operating hours at the Port of Raymond and terminate the northeastern Montana border crossing’s 24-hour operating status.
On November 23, 2015, Daines and Zinke highlighted the important role that the Port of Raymond holds for regional economic activity and the overwhelming local concern surrounding CBP’s recent decision to reduce operating hours.
The Port of Raymond is one of three major border crossings that are part of the commercial “Ports-to-Plains” trade corridor and the only port in the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway, a congressionally delegated high priority corridor.