Canada and the Netherlands sign a Customs Mutual Assistance Agreement

    OTTAWA, Aug. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Minister of Public Safety, the
Honourable Stockwell Day, today announced that the President of the Canada
Border Services Agency, Alain Jolicoeur, and His Excellency Karel P.M. de
Beer, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Canada, signed a Customs
Mutual Assistance Agreement in Ottawa.
    "Canada's New Government is committed to a safe and efficient border. We
are working closely with our international partners to facilitate the smooth
flow of legitimate trade and travel," said Minister Day. "The customs
information and intelligence shared under this Agreement will allow our
law-enforcement agencies to tackle border crime, and counter customs fraud and
    Ambassador de Beer added, "I am pleased to see yet another step towards
closer cooperation between our countries. Both Canada and The Netherlands are
global trading nations and smooth customs cooperation in this day and age is
    The Agreement emphasizes the importance of working with international
partners to exchange certain customs information and intelligence to prevent,
investigate and combat customs offences and allow for cooperation on critical
global issues such as security.
    This is the seventh such agreement that Canada has signed since 1984.

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For further information: Media Relations, Canada Border Services Agency,
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