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Canada and the United States Sign Historic Preclearance Agreement

Key Beyond the Border Action Plan deliverable will further enhance cross-border flow of travellers and goods

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(businesspress24) - WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 03/16/15 -- Public Safety Canada

Today, Canada''s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney; and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, signed the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America. The Agreement is a major commitment of the Beyond the Border Action Plan issued by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in December 2011. The Agreement was signed in Washington following a meeting to discuss border security.

Every day, nearly 400,000 people cross the Canada-U.S. land border, along with over $2 billion in goods and services. A highly efficient border that ensures the efficient flow of legitimate goods and people is essential to this trade relationship. Through the comprehensive approach to preclearance outlined in the Agreement, Canada and the U.S. are seeking to strengthen our relationship and enhance our mutual security, prosperity and economic competitiveness.

When it takes effect, the new Agreement will provide a legal framework that will enable the establishment of new preclearance operations in any of the four modes of transportation. It will allow the market to propose operations when and where it makes sense - facilitating trade and travel, and creating economic benefits for Canadians.

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"Our Government''s top priority remains creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians. This historic new agreement builds on decades of successful preclearance operations in Canadian airports. It will enhance security at our border and create jobs and growth in Canada by improving the flow of legitimate goods and people between our two countries."

- The Honourable Steven Blaney, Canada''s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"After years of hard work and negotiations, today we have one of the most significant, visible, and anticipated products of the Beyond the Border initiative - a major achievement that will produce significant benefits for the United States and Canada. This agreement will help facilitate the legitimate trade and travel that keeps our economy thriving as we maintain utmost vigilance to the security of our borders. We remain committed to our deep partnership with Canada, a true ally, neighbor and friend of the United States."

- Mr. Jeh Johnson, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security

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Date: 03/16/2015 - 16:32
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