The Canada-USA international border has been temporarily closed to non-essential traffic for a number of weeks now to reduce the spread of COVID-19 between our two nations. Health officials are calling on governments on both sides of the border to extended the deadline to the end of summer. Yet, vacation time is upon us now. With travel restrictions in place, many BC province residents and Washington state residents are looking to take to the outdoors and enjoy their own beautiful backyard. Unfortunately, for some of these residents, this is no longer a possibility due to the border restrictions. This is because each year they would commonly visit British Columbia or Washington State as somewhat of a tradition, with some even buying or leasing vacation properties there and wintering their recreational vehicles (RV), such as a motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, and storing their pleasure crafts, such as a fishing boat, speed boat, sport boat or sea-doo. With the non-essential travel restrictions in place, this means that these residents will be unable to retrieve their RVs or boats to enjoy them for the summer.
As a result, over the past few weeks, we have had a number of requests asking if we, as a commercial transporter, can cross into the USA and retrieve their RV or boat for them. The answer is yes! Our transportation services take us from Canada into the USA and back again everyday, where it is deemed an essential service. Our company’s transportation network is a small part of the global supply chain that services British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana businesses and residents everyday. Our CDL drivers are deemed as essential workers, that is, those allowed to cross the border for commercial activity as long as they follow COVID-19 procedures and self-isolate when not on active duty or when at home.
This means that we can take on commercial service contracts with Canadian and American businesses and residents to transport their goods for them as a service. Driving a motorhome, towing an RV, a travel trailer, a fifth wheel, a fishing boat, a speed boat, a sport boat, or sea-doo all qualifies as long as we are contracted to do so. We use commercially registered pickup trucks and highway tractors driven by CDL operators to locate your item, connect to it, clear the border and haul it to your designated location. We have already helped out a few residents with great success.
If you are interested in this form of cross-border local towing service, or pick up and delivery service from the BC border to Washington state, or Washington border to the Province of British Columbia, please consider this list of what we will need from you:
- Address of the pick up location
- Codes, key fobs and keys to open gates, doors, alarms to access your RV or boat
- Proof of ownership (title, registrations, etc)
- Valid registration and active insurance
- Keys for pin locks and wheel locks to be able to connect to and to tow
- Keys to door locks and compartment locks for potential inspection purposes at the border
- Trailer hitch ball size requirement
- Trailer weight
- Any other instructions you may think that we need
If you contract our company to haul your RV or boat back home, we will need go the commercial border clearance office on your behalf to “import” the boat or RV while proving that it is already registered and owned and tax paid in its own respective country. No duties, taxes or fees are paid to CBSA or CBP at the border. Afterwards, we can either haul your RV or boat to your home or another storage location, or to a nearby parking lot to allow you to connect to it and complete the trip yourself. It really is that simple!
Don’t let COVID-19 spoil your vacation plans this summer. Contact us today to arrange for your recreational vehicles, trailers and boats to be rescued and brought back home so you may enjoy them all summer long!
Updated July 23, 2020
We will be mostly closed on Friday, April 10th with a few support staff available. We will be fully open on Monday, April 13th.
Thank you and enjoy your long weekend!
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Update March 19, 2020
Our company has taken a few steps to prevent the spread of viruses in our office. We have reduced the number of persons working in the office by sending some employees to work from a remote location. We have also has posted new prevention procedures for visitors, and internal staff responsibilities, in order to prevent the spread of viruses.
We are ready and willing to close our office and work from home should the spread of COVID-19 continue at an aggressive pace, or should the governments order all businesses to close and citizens to shelter in place.
Update March 18, 2020
The Canadian and US governments have both announced a unilateral closure of the Canada-USA border to all non-essential traffic. This does not include commercial traffic, although commercial drivers are being told to self-isolate if they have returned from affected zones in the USA. Many shippers and receivers on both sides of the border have changed they procedures in how they handle commercial drivers visiting their locations, and we have asked our drivers to abide by all the programs that are in place.
Update March 17, 2020
The Canadian government has instructed non-essential businesses to close if they cannot meet the social distancing requirements. Restaurants, bars, places of worship, and other public spaces must close to prevent social gatherings. We will adjust our operations to abide by this.
Update March 16, 2020
The Canadian government has closed the border to visitors to Canada who are not US or Canadian residents. However, they have stated that commercial traffic will be unaffected. Our office and fleet will remain fully operational. We are taking steps to sanitize our office and surrounding areas and are prepared to transition to working remotely if the need arises. We are asking our drivers to abide by the temporary policies set in place by our customers that they visit.
The State of Washington announced a state-wide ban on all gatherings over 50 persons in attendance, and has closed all public social/lounge spaces such as movie theaters, restaurants, and coffee shops. Grocery stores, fuel stations, banks and other necessary amenities will remain open. We ask all our drivers to follow temporary procedures set up by our customers at their shipping and receiving locations that they visit.
T & P Trucking is aware of and continually monitoring the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in North America. We are currently planning procedures and an updated statement regarding this issue.
Currently, we will remain open and fully operational. Should we need to, we will transition to working remotely in order to prevent the spread of illnesses and to safeguard our team members. We will take all precautionary measures necessary to ensure the safety of our employees, drivers, customers and the public.
We recommend that all employees and drivers implement the following hygene practices always in their day to day activities to prevent the spread of sickness and disease:
- Wash or disinfect your hands thoroughly and regularly
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose, mouth with anything but clean hands, clean paper or cloth towels.
- Regularly disinfect your work spaces and work equipment with an alcohol based cleaning solution
- Avoid close contact with those who are exhibiting signs or symptoms of illness
- If you are feeling run down or showing signs of sickness, stay at home and get needed rest
We will continue to monitor the government agencies for updates regarding this pandemic and if we need to take further action. We will update you further as we learn more. Thank you!
On Monday February 24, 2020, the BC government announced the new Interim Business Property Tax Relief program that will be effective for the next 5 years. This interim program will allow local governments to provide immediate property tax relief for the 2020 tax year. This relief will apply to small businesses, like ours at T & P Trucking, that are struggling with high lease costs as a result of years of rapidly increasing property values.
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The upcoming holidays are a great time to visit family and friends. With that in mind, here are our holiday hours for the next few weeks:
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