Canada Border Services Agency successfully delivers on the Government of Canada's Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative



    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan,
Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Canada Border Services
Agency (CBSA) has successfully met the Government of Canada's target for all
participating departments and agencies to reduce 20 percent of the
requirements their policies and forms impose on Canadian business.
    This 20 percent reduction is part of the Government of Canada-led
Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative. Through this initiative, the CBSA has
eliminated over 1,600 obsolete, non-essential requirements and administrative
demands imposed on business, making the overall CBSA commercial process
clearer and easier for Canadian businesses to comply with and understand.
    "The CBSA is committed to a smart and secure border that not only ensures
the safety of Canadians but also facilitates Canadian business and trade,"
said Minister Van Loan. "By meeting the 20 percent target, the CBSA is
contributing to this important government initiative to reduce the paperwork
burden. This is just one of our efforts to further simplify and streamline
commercial processes for our business clients, in particular the smaller
enterprises."
    Through its own business simplification initiative and in support of the
Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative, the CBSA partners with key
representatives from business, industry and trade to continue making the
commercial process easier at the Canadian border. One of these key
partnerships is with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
The CFIB has played an important role in the CBSA's ongoing business
simplification efforts.
    "The CBSA's business simplification working group is an exemplary
illustration of how the private and public sectors are working together
towards paperwork reduction," said Corinne Pohlmann, Vice-President of
National Affairs at the CFIB. Ms. Pohlmann is also the co-chair of the CBSA's
business simplification working group.




For further information:

For further information: Chris McCluskey, Office of the Honourable Peter
Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, (613) 991-2865; Media Relations, Canada
Border Services Agency, (613) 957-6500


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