Barbara Barrett

Hard fought recovery showing signs of progress as new Canadian border Duty Free model stresses collaboration 

There was a sense of hopefulness at the 2023 Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) Convention held last month in Toronto, the first full gathering of Canadian land border operators, suppliers, and industry stakeholders since the pandemic. While registration numbers were down 30% versus the last pre-COVID show in 2019, FDFA Executive Director Barbara Barrett tells […]

Canada eases border restrictions for vaccinated travelers, starting with Americans on Aug. 9; U.S. extends closure

Canada’s federal government announced Monday, July 19, that fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents who currently reside in the U.S. can travel to Canada for non-essential purposes without quarantining as of Aug. 9. Additionally, Canada announced that it will open its borders to fully vaccinated travelers from any country for non-essential purposes, with proof […]

FDFA petitions Canadian government for C$6.6 million in critical aid as land border duty free business remains shuttered

With Canada’s land borders with the United States shut down for all but essential traffic for more than 16 months and business in the country’s duty free stores down more than 95%, Canada’s Frontier Duty Free Association is desperately petitioning the federal government for some relief to the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. The […]

FDFA’s new Executive Director discusses Advocacy and Future for TR industry in Canada

One on One with Barbara Barrett, FDFA Executive Director The Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) announced a new strategic direction for its land border duty free association in August when it appointed Barbara Barrett as the association’s new Executive Director and appointed advocacy firm Impact Public Affairs to be a proactive advocacy voice in Ottawa. […]