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21st Century Border Action Plans

Canada-United States Plan

NASCO in partnership with the Business Council of Canada, urges regulators on both sides of the Canada-US border to implement a number of measures to streamline North American supply chains and boost competitiveness. Our 21st century border action plan includes recommendations such as the harmonization of policies to allow access to expedited lanes for low risk traders, using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to quickly move trucks into Canada, and ensuring all lanes at the busiest ports of entry are always staffed. These measures would make a significant difference for cross-border trades and could be implemented immediately. The report provides eight succinct and clear short-term recommendations, twelve medium-term recommendations, and a vision for a future border. The report will provide a unified voice for North American trading partners to ensure that every effort is made to keep goods moving across the Canada-US border.

Mexico-United States Plan

Mexico and the United States have a rich history of cultural, economic, and social integration binding these two countries in unique and significant trade and immigration challenges and benefits.  North American business across the US-Mexico border has increased exponentially since the introduction of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1994, and Mexico continues to appeal to US and global businesses seeking to open new locations or relocate existing manufacturing facilities.   While supply chain integration between Mexico and the US evolves, there still remain many challenges to improved goods movements, efficient border management and enhanced security. This report outlines a series of NASCO member recommendations for departments and agencies with jurisdiction over immigration, transportation and customs to improve the day-to-day functioning of the border.