Recent Publications

Passenger Preclearance in the Pacific Northwest

Border Policy Brief, Spring 2016

Passenger preclearance for U.S. bound travelers currently exists only in the air mode. However, the Preclearance Agreement signed in March, 2015 authorizes expansion to the land, marine, and rail modes. This Border Brief highlights rail and marine locations in the Pacific Northwest that will be affected by the Preclearance Agreement, and monetizes some of the benefits accrued to both travelers and operators if preclearance is implemented at these sites.

Exchange Rates, Border Crossings and Retail Sales in the Cascade Gateway

Border Policy Brief, Winter 2016

The recent decline in the value of the Canadian Dollar has influenced cross-border passenger vehicle traffic at many ports along the Canada - U.S. border. This Border Brief analyzes shifts in the exchange rate and border crossing volumes at the three major gateways along the northern border, focusing on changes in sales tax revenues in Whatcom County.

Washington State's Economy in Relation to Canada and the Border

Special Report, June 2015

This report is a consolidation of research results gathered over the past decade, revealing the economic interdependence between Canada and Washington.



Housed at Western Washington University, the Border Policy Research Institute (BPRI) is a multi-disciplinary institute that undertakes research that informs policy-makers on matters related to the Canada - U.S. border. Priority focus areas are trade and transportation, economics, environment, immigration, and border security. The University established the BPRI to further a mission of promoting research, academic programs, and public programming on critical policy issues affecting the Pacific Northwest. The BPRI works closely with cognate programs at the University and collaborates with many public and private entities within the Pacific Northwest.

News & Events

"Passenger Rail in Whatcom County"

Saturday, October 8, 1:00-4:00, Viking Union 565

All Aboard Washington and Cascadia Academy join WWU in promoting alternative transportation with an exploration of increased passenger rail service in Whatcom County and across the border. CLICK HERE for more details.

Governor Stephen Poloz to visit WWU

Monday, September 26th, 4:00, Communications Facility 115

BPRI and the Center for International Business have the honor of hosting the Governor of the Bank of Canada, Dr. Stephen Poloz, for the first annual Paul Storer Memorial Lecture.

CLICK HERE for details.

BPRI to participate in North American Stakeholder Dialogue

BPRI will participate in the inaugural Stakeholder Dialogue on North American Competitiveness at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. The dialague is one of the key deliverables of the 2016 North American Leaders Summit and will provide private sector, local government, labor, and civil society representatives an opportunity to contribute ideas on increasing North American competitiveness.

Cross-Border Freight Study launched

In conjunction with the Whatcom Council of Governments, BPRI has launched a 4 week study of freight operations at 3 ports of entry in the Cascade Gateway. As part of the International Mobility & Trade Corridor Program, WWU students will collect data to help characterize freight flows in the region.