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Border traffic into Whatcom County continues to slow

Southbound border traffic into Whatcom County continues to slow down.

In February, a total of 935,147 passengers crossed the five border crossings into Whatcom County, the lowest monthly total in more than three years, according to data compiled by Western Washington University’s Border Policy Research Institute.

The number of people crossing southbound in the first two months of the year is 10.6 percent lower compared to the same period in 2014. It’s also down 14.1 percent compared to the same period in 2013.

One factor in the slowdown is the weaker Canadian dollar, which dropped 6 cents compared to the U.S. dollar in January. The loonie is currently around 79 cents compared to the U.S. dollar.

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