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Beyond Preclearance: The Next Generation Canada-U.S. Border

Beyond Preclearance: The Next Generation Canada-U.S. Border

Canada and the United States share a long history of border innovation and excellence. Four major bi-national efforts since the 1995 Shared Border Accord created our current framework for cooperation, culminating in the 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan. The 2015 Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance Agreement (LRMA) also promises to generate incremental benefits in the coming years.

Much work remains, however, to address a range of processing and policy issues to fully co-ordinate efforts between governments and between the private and public sectors. The Beyond Preclearance Coalition was formed to develop a long-term vision for trade and travel, especially with the recent United States- Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which is the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

The Beyond Preclearance Coalition commissioned a white paper following the Cross-Border Transportation and Innovation Forum hosted by the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in March 2018. The feedback resulted in the creation of the Beyond Preclearance vision, which articulates the direction for border innovation to improve efficiency, effectiveness and security.

You can read the BEYOND PRECLEARANCE: The Next Generation U.S. - Canada Border white paper here

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Bound by common geopolitical interests and strong economic and cultural ties, Canada and the United States enjoy the world's most successful bilateral relationship. The Wilson Center's Canada Institute is the only public policy forum in the world dedicated to the full spectrum of Canada-U.S. issues. The Canada Institute is a global leader for policymakers, academics and business leaders to engage in non-partisan, informed dialogue about the current and future state of the relationship.     Read more