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CTA pleased with progress made at Canada-US border

OTTAWA, Ont. -- The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has commended legislators on both sides of the Canada-US border for following through on commitments made as part of the bi-national Beyond the Border action plan announced a year ago.


OTTAWA, Ont. — The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has commended legislators on both sides of the Canada-US border for following through on commitments made as part of the bi-national Beyond the Border action plan announced a year ago.

A Beyond the Border Action Plan Implementation Report was recently released, showing that progress has been made on several fronts, to improving the flow of goods across the Canada-US border.

Included in the measures of interest to the trucking industry were: 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.

CTA president David Bradley said he’s pleased to see some of the CTA’s recommendations have been implemented.

“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,” Bradley said. “The Action Plan attempts to modernize the border by improving trade facilitation and reduce unnecessary regulatory barriers at the vital Canada-US border. It’s nice to see that we have made some progress to make that into a reality.”

Bradley added he’s hopeful the progress that’s already been made will pave the way for further improvements, such as allowing the movement of foreign empty trailers within the US.

“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.”  


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