A progress report on facilitating cross-border business was released today by the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, and Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
â€œWith over $612 billion in annual two-way trade in goods and services, an efficient Canada-U.S. border is critical for the economic growth of both countries,â€ said Minister Kenney. â€œWe will ensure that cross-border business is efficient by making entry to each otherâ€™s territory swift, simple, and secure.â€
The historic Canada-U.S. Beyond the Border Action Plan, announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in December 2011, provides a practical roadmap for expediting legitimate trade and travel across the Canada-U.S. border, while enhancing security. It will accelerate the flow of people and goods between the two countries, promoting job creation and economic competitiveness, while strengthening the security of both countries.