We had the recent “pleasure” of crossing into Canada with an exhibit truck, for the first time. No amount of advice or warming could have prepared us for how difficult this can be. There are forms that need stamped before you cross the border but there are no signs marking where you can pull over to get them stamped. So guess what, we ended up going to the crossing and getting escorted back to the US. Escorted back to the unmarked building that is. Josh then went inside to “leave his forms in the tray” and wait and wait and wait for US Customs to stamp the papers. Of course she wanted to see what was inside the truck (you can’t actually see inside of the trailer when the expansions are closed). So we finally made it to the border where the friendly Canadian Border Agent greeted us and sent us moving along.
Our meeting went smoothly and we decided to come back across the same day. Again, if you follow the signs for customs it sends you to Do Not Enter and Dead End areas. So Josh finally just pulled off the road and went into a building. After getting the forms stamped by Canadian Customs he asked what the deal was with parking. You can image his shock when the Agent instructed him to next time, park in the NO TRUCKS area. It’s now 9:00 pm, while we’ve had a long day it wasn’t unbearable. I can’t say the same thing about the US Border Agent on our way back in, she must have been having the worst day or she is just nasty to everyone. She actually yelled at us a few times. Not for doing anything wrong but instead of asking a question she would yell an order. She acted horrible towards us. One of her questions was if we cross the border here often, not to complain but she has our passport record open in front of her. I know their job is to try to find anything suspicious but seesh! We treat people coming into the US horrible.
Welcome to the USA – Smuggler?
I feel your pain. Years ago after a camping trip in Nova Scotia we took the ferry to Maine and ended up having to completely unpack the car, while they went through everything and then we had to pack up again while they gave us scathing looks for taking so long!!!
I think ‘nasty’ must be a prerequisite to border control jobs.
One of the students for my workshops is a US Customs Agent and he spends most of his time in Canada working.. He has more trouble getting into Canada than most as they are always wanting to see his work papers and such stuff and they KNOW him..