Today, the Joint Statement of Privacy Principles was released by the Governments of Canada and the United States under the Beyond the Border Action Plan: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. The Action Plan wasannounced by Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in December 2011.
U.S. Embassy, Ottowa
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that all eight preclearance airports in Canada now have Global Entry kiosks. The newest kiosks were installed at Edmonton International Airport in Edmonton, Alberta and have been processing travelers since Tuesday, June 19.
Global Entry allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers the ability to bypass the traditional CBP inspection process and use automated kiosks to expedite their entry into the U.S.
“Having this alternative in the preclearance environment allows travelers to be processed faster, before they even board an aircraft,” said CBP Acting Assistant Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “Global Entry also allows CBP officers to focus on those who may pose a higher risk.”
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — On Thursday, June 28, the Consulate General of Canada and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis will host an afternoon conference focused on the recently-announced Beyond the Border and Regulatory Cooperation Council Action Plans and the expected positive impacts on Minnesota businesses.
Nearly one million dollars in goods and services cross the Canada-U.S. border every minute. The Beyond the Border Action Plans announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in December are designed to speed up legitimate trade and travel, improve North American security and align regulatory approaches to help build on the world’s largest trading relationship. Expected results of the Action Plans include: fewer duplicate inspections, reduced delays at the border for goods and travelers, more trusted traders, less paperwork, and other improvements that will save businesses on both sides of the border millions of dollars.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Canada’s Privy Council Office (PCO) will speak to how the agreements are currently being implemented and provide an overview of the pilot projects already in place. As part of the conference, Consul General Martin Loken, Canada’s top diplomat in the Upper Midwest, will moderate a panel discussion comprised of senior representatives from other event partners: the Minnesota Trade Office, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce, and Humphrey School of Public Affairs to talk about how the agreements will benefit Minnesota business.
WHO: Martin Loken, Consulate General of Canada; Andrew Brown, PCO, Ottawa; Deborah Meyers, DHS; Katie Clark, Minnesota Trade Office; Eric Schwartz, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Bill Blazar, Minnesota Chamber of Commerce WHAT: Conference to discuss border agreements’ impact on Minnesota businesses WHEN: 2:00-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2012 WHERE: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 90 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
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OTTAWA – The United States is looking at building fences along the border with Canada to help keep out terrorists and other criminals.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has proposed the use of “fencing and other barriers” on the 49th parallel to manage “trouble spots where passage of cross-border violators is difficult to control.”
The border service is also pondering options including a beefed-up technological presence through increased use of radar, sensors, cameras, drones and vehicle scanners. In addition, it might continue to improve or expand customs facilities at ports of entry.
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Paul Egan, John Gallagher, and Bill Laitner
LANSING — A deal to build a controversial public bridge over the Detroit River will be unveiled Friday by Gov. Rick Snyder, Canadian and U.S. officials.
No official announcement has been made, but a person familiar with plans for the project said Tuesday that the long-expected agreement — which Snyder decided to pursue without support from the Legislature — will be announced at news conferences in Detroit and Windsor.
The governor and Canadian officials are expected to say that an international authority will oversee construction of the bridge — which would be located about 2 miles downriver from the Ambassador Bridge. The new span would be financed and built by a contractor selected by competitive bidding. Bridge tolls would pay construction costs.