Border Policy Research Institute

For Whatcom County retailers, the holiday season was not so jolly.

Sales of goods sold in stores were down 5.2 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to a year earlier, according to newly released data from the Washington State Department of Revenue. Whatcom was the only county in…

Heather Nicol, professor at Trent University and Victor Clark Alfaro, director of the Binational Center for Human Rights and adjunct professor at San Diego State University, will discuss their experience in border security on Wednesday, May 11 and Wednesday, May 18, on the WWU campus.

A new study released by the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University found year-over-year sales from online retailers has slowed significantly since 2010.

Online sales is one of the largest economic drivers for border towns like Blaine and Sumas. Canadians from…

Sitting here in the Northwest, we can be forgiven for having a distorted picture of Canada.

Seattle has more than a little Vancouver envy, looking at a nearby city so prosperous, so beautiful, so cosmopolitan — and yet so tolerant in that Canadian way.

It’s clear fewer British Columbia residents are shopping at Whatcom County stores since the Canadian currency has weakened, but it appears they also have cut back on having online products shipped here.

Fewer Canadians appear to be ordering products online and having it shipped to Washington as the Canadian dollar weakens against the U.S. dollar.

When Edaleen Dairy opened the first of three new outlets in Washington state, the Canadian dollar was worth about the same as the U.S. dollar and shoppers were flowing across the border from British Columbia.

They're definitely feeling the pinch in the Point. Businesses in the tiny U.S. peninsula of Point Roberts have seen sales fall along with the declining Canadian dollar, but that doesn't mean shoppers have stopped crossing the line entirely.

Border crossings into Point Roberts…

It’s Canada’s turn to host the cross-border shopper, but it may not be at the level of spending seen in the U.S. when the loonie was strong.

That’s one conclusion from TD Economics, a Canadian firm that released a report about cross-border spending on Monday, Feb. 8. The report indicates…

With the Canadian dollar remaining weak throughout 2015, last year was the slowest in terms of local southbound border traffic in five years.

Last year just under 13.4 million people entered Whatcom County through the five border crossings, 2.5 million people fewer than in 2014, according…

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