CHAMPLAIN — Canadian farmers staging a protest caused suspension of private vehicles crossing the border at the Champlain Port of Entry on Thursday morning.

From about 10:30 a.m. until noon, only commercial traffic was allowed to cross, according to an official with the Canadian Border Services Agency. 

Other travelers, he said, were referred to other border crossings, including the one that opens on to Route 276 in Champlain.

The same happened for those trying to cross into Quebec.

The official, who didn't identify himself, said didn't know what the protest was about but that it was peaceful in nature.

The Canadian dairy industry has been up in arms over the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, according to a report by Reuters on Thursday.

The agreement, Lino Saputo Jr. told the news agency and others during a conference call, is expected to give access for New Zealand, the United States and other countries to 3.5 percent of the Canadian market.

That comes after new access of about the same amount negotiated by the European Union, he said.

Saputo is chief executive of Saputo, one of Canada's largest dairies.

"Somewhere along the line, there's going to be less milk produced in Canada," he said. "So it's going to be a hit to dairy farmers."

Interstate 87 in Champlain between Exit 42 and the border was closed during roughly the same time frame as the protest on Thursday.

State Police said maintenance was being performed on that stretch of highway connected with the new roundabouts on intersecting Route 11.

 

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