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Wednesday border announcement expected to reflect CME recommendations

Published by Derek Lothian on December 05, 2011

Wednesday’s perimeter announcement by Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama is expected to reflect many of the key recommendations submitted to policymakers earlier this year by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

In a letter to chief negotiators this past May, CME – in conjunction with the Businesses for Better Borders (B3) coalition – outlined six priorities aimed at reducing costs and increasing competitiveness on both sides of the 49th parallel, including strengthened trusted trader programs, harmonized reporting requirements and expedited entry procedures for commercial travellers.

"The US is not just Canada's largest trading partner; it is the nucleus of an integrated supply chain that creates jobs, boosts investment and ensures a high standard of living for both Canadians and Americans," explains CME President & CEO Jayson Myers. "Manufactured goods travel across the border several times before a finished product can be sold. That adds compliance costs, increases government expense and, ultimately, raises prices for consumers."

CME's recommendations would also minimize duplicative reporting requirements, which would, in turn, align security programs and enhance the safety of both shipments and citizens alike.

"We anticipate this agreement will be a win-win for everyone," says Myers. "The economic benefits of a joint strategy are enormous. Manufacturing in North America is alive and well, and we must continue to work with government to ensure businesses have the tools in place to be successful on the world stage."

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