Canada and U.S. Committed to Faster, More Flexible Cross-Border Business

Ottawa, June 26, 2013 — A progress  report on facilitating cross-border business was released today by the Honourable  Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, the  Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and Secretary of Homeland  Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

With over $612 billion in annual two-way trade in goods and  services, an efficient Canada-U.S. border is critical for the economic growth  of both countries,” said Minister Kenney. “We will ensure  that cross-border business is efficient by making entry to each other’s  territory swift, simple, and secure.

The historic Canada-U.S. Beyond  the Border Action Plan, announced by  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in December 2011, provides  a practical roadmap for expediting legitimate trade and travel across the  Canada-U.S. border, while enhancing security. It will accelerate the flow of  people and goods between the two countries, promoting job creation and economic  competitiveness, while strengthening the security of both countries.

The joint progress report details efforts by both governments to achieve Action Plan objectives and  identifies areas for improvement.

Our Government continues to look for ways to make our  border more secure and more efficient,” said Minister Toews. “The  release of this report demonstrates the ongoing commitment between Canada and the United States to facilitate  cross-border trade in order to enhance the economic competitiveness of both our  countries.

Safe  and secure trade and travel between the United   States and Canada supports millions of jobs in  both countries,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Through our joint  efforts with Canada,  we are facilitating cross-border business and strengthening our economic  competitiveness.

Over  the past year, collaborative efforts between Canada  and the U.S. to increase the  flow of trade and travel between the two countries include two May 2012  consultations – in Washington, D.C and Toronto – in which stakeholders  provided valuable feedback on Action Plan commitments and suggested new ways to  improve cross-border business.  Beginning  this year, annual consultations will be held jointly, including stakeholders  from both countries.   Upcoming consultations will take place by the  end of September 2013.

Two other notable examples of Action Plan  commitments include enhanced guidance and training to Canada Border Services  Agency and U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to achieve maximum  efficiency at all ports of entry on business traveller issues, as well as the  designation of documents, such as a work permit, onto NEXUS client profiles for  expedited clearances.