Beyond the Border Report Shows Plan Moving in Right
(Dec. 14, 2012) -- The Canadian Trucking Alliance today welcomed the
federal government’s Beyond the Border Action Plan Implementation
Report and anticipates more progress to be made in 2013.
Since the binational Border
Action Plan was announced a year ago by Prime Minister Stephen
Harper and US President Barack Obama, governments on both sides of the
border, as well as industry stakeholders such as the Canadian Trucking
Alliance, have been busy putting the pieces in place.
Included in the measures of interest to the trucking industry were,
among other things: restoring carriers' ability to move in-transit in
the US; mutual recognition of trusted trader programs; using FAST cards
to meet other security rules; pre-inspection and pre-clearance programs;
and assessing the impact of border crossing fees.
Today’s report provides a progress update on these and other
initiatives, such as a joint border infrastructure plan; an integrated
cargo security strategy, data harmonization between the two countries,
C-TPAT-PIP harmonization, and a recently-launched
pilot program at the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia that aims to
improve the FAST program for trusted traders.
CTA was consulted extensively by the agencies responsible for
drafting the Action Plan -- the Beyond the Border Working Group and the
Canada–US Regulatory Cooperation Council. CTA President David
Bradley says he is pleased some of the Alliance’s recommendations
are taking shape.
“There is a lot of work here and these things take time, but so
far the implementation report shows that our federal government and
industry stakeholders didn’t simply retreat back into the shadows
after the Action Plan announcement last year,” says CTA President
David Bradley. “The Action Plan attempts to modernize the border
by improving trade facilitation and reduce unnecessary regulatory
barriers at the vital Canada-U.S. border. It’s nice to see that we
have made some progress to make that into a reality.”
Bradley says he is hopeful that the report can also create a pathway
towards progress on other areas of recommendation, such as liberalizing
US rules governing the repositioning of foreign empty trailers.
“We appreciate the extent to which policy makers on both sides
of the border listened to CTA’s recommendations,” said
Bradley. “We are encouraged by the work completed to this point
and look forward to further implementation of projects and initiatives
which we think will improve cross-border transport for motor carriers
and boost trade between our two nations.”