Public Safety Report on Beyond the Border Action Plan: Horizontal Initiative for 2011-12 and 2012-13



February 16, 2012: simplified renewal process implemented for NEXUS members and expanded trusted traveler benefits including the opening of 8 NEXUS lanes at 8 Canadian airports

May 14, 2012: a Joint report released on “Facilitating the Conduct of cross-Border business” to help business travelers benefit from more efficient and predictable border clearance processes

May 31, 2012: Achieved mutual recognition of our respective air cargo security programs

June 28, 2012: Joint statement of Privacy Principals released

July 11, 2012: Amended the residency rules for NEXUS applicants to facilitate the flow of preapproved, low-risk travelers

July 17, 2012: Launched new technology to track border wait times

October 1, 2012: new filing option for business travelers launched

October 4, 2012: Members of the NEXUS program are able to expedite airport screening for hundreds of thousands of travelers

October 12, 2012: Deployed Shiprider integrated cross-border law enforcement operations in Vancouver/Blaine and Windsor/Detroit border regions area

October 26, 2012: Joint cybersecurity Action Plan developed

October 20, 2012: Published a “Compendium of U.S. –Canada Emergency Management Assistance Mechanisms


January 8, 2013: Increased and harmonized the value of thresholds for expedited customs clearance to $2500 reducing transaction costs for trade by millions of dollars each year

May 8, 2013: Executive Steering Committee composed of senior officials from both countries to guide further implementation of the BTB Action Plan

May 30, 2013: Developed and published first ever “Border Infrastructure Investment Plan”

June 12, 2013: Deployed and completed phase I of a Cargo inspection pilot in which CBP officers pre-inspect U.S. bound trucks in Surrey, B.C./Blaine WA border area

July 3, 2013: Phase I of joint entry/exit initiative report released and deployed phase II

October 23, 2013: developed and piloted an Integrated Cargo Security Strategy to address threats at the perimeter and facilitate lawful cross-border trade under the principal “inspected once, cleared twice”


February 24, 2014: Launched Phase 2 of a cargo pre-inspection pilot in which CBP officers pre-inspect U.S. bound trucks at the peace bridge in Fort Erie, Ontario (Buffalo, NY)

April 29, 2014: TSA includes Air Canada to join the Expedited screen program




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