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Pembina, N.D., port of entry reports 17 percent jump in traffic

Nearly 55,000 more autos came through the Pembina, N.D., port of entry last year compared with 2007, according to statistics released Tuesday by Grand Forks Customs and Border Protection.

For the most part, the number of autos crossing at the ports of entry across the North Dakota-Canada border stayed relatively the same. Exceptions include increases in auto traffic at the ports near Pembina, Sarles, Neche, and Portal (N.D.).

In 2007, 312,871 vehicles passed through the port at Pembina, compared with the 367,625 that went through in 2008.

The numbers of trucks and buses passing through the same port remained relatively the same from 2007 to 2008.

In 2008, 247,951 trucks passed through the port compared to 243,730 in 2007 and 1671 buses went through the port at Pembina in 2008, compared to 1707 in 2007.

Sarles, N.D., a town with a population of about 25 on the border separating Cavalier and Towner counties, had an increase of more than 6,000 percent. In 2007, 77 vehicles passed through the port at Sarles, compared with the 4,844 vehicles crossing over in 2008. But bus traffic decreased dramatically at the port, from more than 5,000 buses cross-ing in 2007 to 88 in 2008.

And at the port of entry at Neche, N.D., about 20,000 more vehicles crossed the border in 2008 than in 2007. In 2007, the port had about 41,000 autos crossing compared with about 61,000 autos crossing in 2008.

The port of entry at Portal, N.D., had a 20 percent increase of auto crossing between 2007 and 2008, with about 86,000 autos crossing in 2007 compared with about 104,000 crossing in 2008.