(Public Safety Canada)
As part of their commitment under the Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, Canada and the United States announce the establishment of Binational Port Operations Committees at eight Canadian airports that provide a U.S. preclearance service. This will facilitate legitimate cross-border trade and travel and promote collaboration on overall port management, and also facilitate the existing 20 committees established at land border ports.
In addition, each Binational Port Operations Committee has developed an action plan that includes specific initiatives to improve border management and efficiency. Each action plan looks at enhancing both countries’ ability to jointly address operational issues that impact both sides of the border, and facilitate communications during events.
“The establishment of these committees is an essential step to improving overall border management and efficiency,” said Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews. “The committees will play an important role in ensuring the safety and security of our borders and facilitate the free flow of persons and goods across the border by creating opportunities for greater interoperability, developing practical tools and sharing best practices.” Read more here.
Date: June 10, 2012