Deep spending cuts that took effect in the United States Friday could impact Canada-U.S. border crossings.
President Barack Obama signed an order authorizing the government to begin cutting $85 billion from federal accounts Friday.
The reductions are part of a law passed two years ago in the U.S.
According to reports, the Canadian Manufacturing Association, says there is every expectation the spending cuts will be felt in Canada.
The association pointed out that 5,000 border patrol agents positions will be cut if the U.S. Congress fails to reach a deal, which in turn will lead to long lineups at the border for travellers and for exports.
In addition, border patrol agents and cargo inspectors will be reduced leading to longer waits and lineups.