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Port of Wild Horse Business Case Released
Posted Date: 3/8/2017 10:00 AM

Medicine Hat, Alberta and Havre, Montana – The Port of Wild Horse Business Case, undertaken in collaboration with parties on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border, concludes a positive case exists for making service improvements at the crossing, including extended hours of operation.

“The business case clearly demonstrates the value in making service changes at the Port of Wild Horse,” said City of Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston. “I appreciate the committee’s hard work to bring this report forward for the benefit of business owners, travelers and the local economy on both sides of the border.”

The report recommends that Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP):

  • move to 13-hour per day service year-round,
  • allow commercial transport seven days a week (currently no commercial transport is allowed on weekends).

“This report confirms that the economic prosperity of Montana and Alberta are intimately connected, and that expanding the hours of operation and services provided at the Port of Wild Horse will grow our economy, add jobs and enhance an already outstanding economic partnership between our two nations,” said Tim Solomon, Mayor of Havre and Co-Chair of the Wild Horse Border Committee. “This project should be on the “must-do” list for the federal governments on both sides of the border.”

Additionally, the report recommends Canadian Port of Wild Horse operations be upgraded to offer full Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) equivalency to match the existing Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) available at the United States Port of Wild Horse.

“The report proposes simple and economically viable strategies to boost capacity for goods to be moved through the Port of Wild Horse,” said City of Medicine Hat Councillor Celina Symmonds and committee Co-Chair. “The research conducted indicates a better level of services and expanded hours of operation will lead to considerably more traffic using the border crossing.”

Fundamental to the report’s conclusions was the supportive response from transport companies on both sides of the border. One transport company alone indicated it would divert more than 1,200 truck movements per year from the Coutts/Sweetgrass Port of Entry to Wild Horse if services were improved. Inadequate border services was cited as the primary reason why the company does not use the Port of Wild Horse currently.

The Business Case was prepared by the Van Horne Institute, University of Calgary and PROLOG Canada. The report was funded by the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta; City of Havre, Montana; Hill County, Montana; State of Montana Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund; and Palliser Economic Partnership.

The Wild Horse Border Committee, including representatives from both Havre and Medicine Hat, will be following up with federal government officials to discuss plans for improved border services.

Port of Wild Horse: A Business Case for Service Improvements (PDF)

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For more information please contact:

Councillor Celina Symmonds
City of Medicine Hat
403.548.4985 

Mayor Tim Solomon
City of Havre
406.265.6719

Walter Valentini
Executive Director
Palliser Economic Partnership
Phone: 403.526.7552
Email: walter@palliseralberta.com                 
Paul Tuss
Executive Director
Bear Paw Development Corporation
Phone: 406.265.9226
Email: ptuss@bearpaw.org