North American trade leadership issues report
Jul 12, 2005 11:48 AM
A joint US-Canada-Mexico report on the Security and Prosperity Partnership represents a recommitment of political leadership in the three countries to enhance trade and improve border-crossing efficiency, according to information from the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).
A summary of the report includes:
•Developing targets and joint marketing to increase number of Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program shipments.
•Expand ways to further streamline FAST processing.
•Compatible standards for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Partners in Protection programs.
•Develop plan for harmonized automated commercial information systems.
•Work with interested parties to construct new border infrastructure.
•Implement two land preclearance pilots.
•Develop and deploy system to accurately measure border transit times.
•Recognize and harmonize motor carrier regulations and standards (vehicle weights and dimensions, safety ratings, medical standards).
•Coordinate background checks, credential recognition, and document security standards.
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