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Significant progress being made, but much more to be done on border initiatives: CME

Published by Derek Lothian on December 14, 2012

The first reports issued today on the Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Action Plans show there has been substantial and critically important progress made on many of the initiatives agreed to by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama, to improve the security and competitiveness of the integrated supply chains that drive economic prosperity for Canada and the United States.

In response to the reports, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) President & CEO, Jayson Myers, released the following statement:

Canadian manufacturers and exporters depend on the secure and highly efficient movement of people and products across our common border with the United States and the North American perimeter. We make things together. That means we need to ensure that unnecessary regulatory requirements do not erode the ability of trusted travellers and trusted shippers to do business and compete effectively in North America.

Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation are critical initiatives that we hope will enhance the security and the efficiency of our integrated supply chains. And, as today's reports make clear, there is a lot of very good progress that is being made by the Governments of both Canada and the United States that will lay the groundwork for greater regulatory cooperation, cross-border trade facilitation, and easier movement of trusted business travellers.

However, it is also very clear that there is much more to do. While there is an impressive number of projects in the works, both governments must focus on delivering results with respect to those initiatives most critical to companies conducting the bulk of cross-border business. This includes aligning trusted trader programs, providing single window processing at the border, and fast-tracking regulatory cooperation initiatives in sectors where there is strong buy-in from businesses in both countries.

CME is working closely with the Beyond the Border Implementation Team, the Regulatory Cooperation Council Secretariat, CME member companies, associations in the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, and US industry partners to engage leading companies in these initiatives, advise regulators in both countries, and ensure that both governments deliver results that are meaningful for business and enhance our economic competitiveness.

Our priorities for 2013 include harmonizing and expanding trusted trader programs, harmonizing security and release procedures at the Canada-US border, aligning regulations and regulatory reporting processes across government agencies and departments, implementing coordinated Canada/US perimeter border security and processing requirements, expanding and improving our existing logistics infrastructure, reducing barriers to the movement of business personnel, and eliminating transactional reporting for trusted traders.

For information, read CME's recommendations to the Canada-US Economic Integration and Competitiveness Initiative.

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