Posted by Secretary Janet Napolitano
Last February, President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border declaration, articulating a shared vision in which our countries work together to address threats at the earliest point possible, while facilitating the legitimate movement of people, goods, and services across our shared border.
With the announcement this week of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, the President and Prime Minister have outlined the specific steps necessary to achieve the security and economic competitiveness goals outlined in that shared vision.
The United States and Canada enjoy the largest bilateral trade and investment relationship in the world. For decades Americans and Canadians have stood shoulder-to-shoulder protecting our shared values and interests, working together to counter transnational criminal organizations, secure our shared border, and promote economic growth.
The Beyond the Border Action Plan builds on this foundation: to expand our economies, spur job growth, and enhance our shared security. For example, our countries will strengthen our global competitiveness by aligning and coordinating security systems for goods and cargo, expanding trusted trader programs, and decongesting key border crossings that add time and cost to production by developing joint facilities and programs to move inspections away from the border.
Together with our Canadian partners, we will ensure greater security and efficiency for the legitimate movement of people, goods, and services between our two nations. At the same time, we will continue to create jobs and promote economic growth while safeguarding the safety and security of both our countries, as we have done for decades as strong partners, friends, and neighbors.
Read more about the Beyond the Border Action Plan.