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Bradley cautiously optimistic about security partnership

TORONTO, Ont. -- June 27, 2005 - The CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), David Bradley said today's report...

TORONTO, Ont. — June 27, 2005 – The CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), David Bradley said today’s report on the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) presented by Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, David Emerson, Minister of Industry, Michael Chertoff, US Secretary of Homeland Security, Carlos Gutierrez, US Secretary of Commerce, Fernando Canales, Mexican Secretary of the Economy and Carlos Abascal, Mexican Secretary of the Interior “Represents a re-commitment at the senior levels of the political leadership in the three NAFTA countries to enhancing trade and improving border-crossing efficiency. “

“There is much to be hopeful about in the report, but the key will be the action that follows from here.”

Bradley admitted he was somewhat surprised that there weren’t at least some decisions on “low hanging fruit” like using the FAST card as a platform for hazmat credentialing.”

“But last year no one was talking about the border and the economy of North America.” Bradley also stated that “efficient access to the US market is still the most serious economic issue facing our country. While it is encouraging that the three leaders from Canada, US and Mexico were at the table for the SPP — CTA will work tirelessly to ensure we achieve the results we need.”

A summary of the key elements of the report impacting trucking follows:

* Developing targets and joint marketing to increase number of FAST shipments
* Expand ways to further streamline FAST processing
* Compatible standards for C-TPAT and Partners in Protection
* Develop plan for harmonized automated commercial information systems
* Work with interested parties to construct new border infrastructure
* Implement two land pre clearance pilots
* Develop and deploy system to accurately measure border transit times
* Recognize and harmonize motor carrier regulations and standards (vehicle weights and dimensions, safety ratings, medical standards)
* Coordinate background checks, credential recognition and document security standards

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