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CME welcomes announced Peace Bridge Pre-Clearance Pilot

Published by Frank Defalco on February 24, 2014

Ottawa - A pilot project was announced today in Fort Erie that will improve the flow of goods going over the Peace Bridge between Canada and the United States. Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) applauds the announced pre-inspection clearance pilot as an important step to expedite shipments into the US, by helping to eliminate congestion on the Peace Bridge, which is a major bottleneck to the integrated manufacturing supply chain.

“This is certainly a good step for improving the delays our members have faced in moving goods over the Peace Bridge,” stated CME President and CEO Jayson Myers.More than four million businesspeople cross the border every year along with millions of trucks carrying production parts for manufacturing facilities on both sides of the border. Facilitating cross-border business trade and travel is essential to the economic success of Canada and the US.”

Canada and the United States enjoy the closest economic relationship of any two countries in the world. The integrated supply chains between Canada and the United States cover a wide range of industries including transportation equipment, food products, mining and metal processing, machinery and equipment manufacturing, consumer products and technology. These tens of thousands of integrated companies account for roughly two-thirds of all Canada/US trade, and rely on smooth and efficient border operations to compete globally and employ millions of Canadians and Americans.

“While we applaud today’s announcement, we must continue working aggressively with the American and Canadian governments to reduce administrative and regulatory barriers to restrict trade and investment and undermine integrated, world class manufacturing;” stated Myers.

CME has been working with both governments on improving the movement of goods and business personnel between Canada and the US, particularly under the Beyond the Border initiative. While we applaud the governments for this important step, CME is looking forward to continuing to work with all levels of governments to implement the remainder of the Beyond the Border agreement - with specific focus on improving trusted trader programs, implementation of electronic Single Window reporting and simplifying and streamlining the movement of business executives.

CME is Canada’s largest trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada. The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. As Canada's leading business network, CME – through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition – touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of goods and services exports.

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