Canada and U.S. undertake cross-border cargo security pilot program
By Canadian SecurityNews Transportation
Canada and the United States have announced a new pilot program, the Prince Rupert Pilot, to improve cargo security and harmonize the screening process for maritime cargo between the two countries.
“The Prince Rupert pilot implemented under the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy is key to the ongoing efforts to facilitate legitimate trade while still maintaining our security mission at the border,” said U.S. Consul General Anne Callaghan in a statement. “Harmonization of the cargo screening processes between the U.S. and Canada should result in a more efficient and secured supply chain and increased competitive economic posture.”
The pilot, which began last month, focuses on maritime cargo arriving at Prince Rupert, B.C. with subsequent movement via rail before entering the United States at International Falls, Minn. It utilizes a harmonized approach developed by the U.S. and Canada which allows for the screening of inbound cargo arriving from offshore.
On Feb. 4, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border Declaration, articulating a shared vision in which the two countries will work together to address threats at the earliest point possible while facilitating the legitimate movement of people and cargo across the border. The Action Plan, released on December 2011, outlines the specific steps the countries intend to take to achieve the security and economic competitiveness goals outlined in the Beyond the Border Declaration.
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