Media Advisory - Canadian Chamber and U.S. Chamber Urgently Call for Action to Reduce Border Costs



    OTTAWA, Feb. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - A coalition, co-chaired by the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, in close
collaboration with members and partnering associations, is releasing a report
that includes recommendations to both the U.S. and Canadian governments to
reduce the costs of border crossings and to strengthen national security. A
press conference will be held on February 20th.
    While some good progress has been made by our governments, the report,
Finding the Balance: Reducing Border Costs While Strengthening Border
Security, calls for short-term measures to eliminate duplicative and
burdensome border requirements and facilitate the movement of legitimate
passenger and cargo traffic. A number of the recommendations in the report are
aimed at increasing enrollment in trusted shipper and traveler programs which
will reduce the costs and time associated with moving people and goods between
the two nations. The more participants in these programs, the more border
officials can focus on identifying illegitimate cargo and travelers - the aim
of all the security measures.

    Media are invited to attend in person, via teleconference or view the
    webcast beginning at 10:00 a.m. EST

    Date: February 20, 2008

    Location:

    Canadian Chamber of Commerce
    Port of Vancouver Boardroom
    360 Albert St., Suite 420
    Ottawa, ON

    Teleconference #:
    #1: 613-287-8002
    #2: 1-800-595-8550

    Webcast:

    English URL:
    http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=2174040
    French URL:
    http://www.cnw.ca/fr/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=2174040

    The following people will be available for comment:

    Michael Murphy
    Executive Vice-President, Policy
    Canadian Chamber of Commerce
    Shirley-Anne George
    Vice-President, International
    Canadian Chamber of Commerce

    Adrean Scheid Rothkopf
    Managing Director, North and Central America and the Caribbean
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
    Executive Director, Association of American Chambers of Commerce in
    Latin America
    Jason M. Conley
    Senior Manager, Homeland Security
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    Allan Kelly, P.Log.
    Director, Distribution and Supply Chain Analysis
    Casco Inc.

    Robert Kee
    Managing Director
    Casco Inc.

    Colleen Lytton
    Casco Inc.




For further information:

For further information: Katie Anderson, Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
(613) 797-1860, kanderson@chamber.ca; Jason Conley, U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
(202) 463-5789, jconley@uschamber.com


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