Recently, US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) held a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the joint US-Canada initiative known as the Beyond the Border Action Plan. According to a press release issued by CBP, the meeting in Niagara Falls, New York, was focused on addressing cross-border travel.
As noted in the press release, “The Beyond the Border agreement forged by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper is about strengthening and expediting trade and travel between our countries,” said US Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner, Thomas Winkowski. “It is about finding common-sense solutions to our most complicated problems. And it’s about extending national security for both nations, well away from the border.”
For those not familiar with the Beyond the Border initiative, it began in February 2011 with a declaration of a joint agreement for “a shared approach to security where both countries work together to address threats within, at and away from our borders while expediting lawful trade and travel.” The Action Plan consists of 32 separate initiatives which call for actions such as enhancements to benefits of programs, new measures to facilitate movement across the border, reduction of administrative burden for businesses, and improvement of shared infrastructure and technology.
Integration Point is participating in and following these meetings closely. We will continue to bring you updates through the Global Trade News blog.