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

    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, 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, released 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.
    "North American businesses are confronted by a border that is becoming
thicker, stickier, and more costly," says Perrin Beatty, Canadian Chamber of
Commerce President and CEO. "We urgently need to find ways to reduce costs for
legitimate cargo and travelers. By working together, we can achieve both
economic and physical security."
    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.
    "In the age of growing global competition, we must work together to
further North American prosperity," says Thomas Donohue, the U.S. Chamber's
President and CEO.
    Since 9/11, Canada-U.S. businesses have experienced a costly layering of
increased border-crossing fees, inspections, and wait times. A sense of
frustration exists within the Canadian and U.S. business communities that many
practical measures that could reduce border-related costs have yet to be
taken. A broad cross section of Industry has pulled together their priority
recommendations for Canadian and US government action within the next 18

    Canada and the United States enjoy a special relationship that
facilitates the largest bilateral trading relationship in the world, with
approximately $1.5 billion USD in two-way trade crossing the border on a daily
basis. The benefits flowing from this relationship are significant, including
approximately 7.1 million jobs in the United States and 3 million jobs in

For further information:

For further information: Katie Anderson, Canadian Chamber of Commerce,
(613) 797-1860,; Jason Conley, U.S. Chamber of Commerce,
(202) 463-5789,

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