CCCE Head: Make Successful BtB Pilots Permanent, Improve Continuing Post-9/11 Slowdown of Canada-U.S. Crossborder Traffic Slowdown

The Windsor Star reports on concerns of former Michigan Gov. John Engler and Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE) John Manley over Canada-U.S. crossborder traffic still moving slower than the pre-9/11 normal.

But in citing these concerns,  Manley also highlights the importance of building on the progress of the Beyond the Border (BtB).  Within BtB, are several initiatives that enhance security and speed trade along the Canada-U.S. border.  Two of note:  (1) the Integrated Cargo Cargo Security Strategy, and (2) various preclearance and preinspection initiatives.  Check out updates on both programs here.

From The Windsor Star article:

“We’ve managed to slow down traffic without actually finding anyone who is posing a threat. We haven’t yet found a threat in a shipment of brake linings. Maybe we will, I don’t know, but we haven’t.”

[CCCE CEO John] Manley and former Michigan Gov. John Engler, who is now head of a U.S.-based group of chief executives, said that creating intelligent border systems is crucial if both countries are to expedite the legitimate movement of goods and travellers.

“Maybe it can never get back to the way it was before 9-11 but it can be better,” said Engler. “Unfortunately, security issues at the southern border of the U.S. often trump trade issues at the northern border, which have been largely overlooked.”

Two years ago, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama signed a Beyond the Border initiative designed to launch pilot projects on preclearance regulations and processes. Those that have been successful need to be made permanent, said Manley.

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