Canada and the United States have agreed to implement Beyond the Border, which will improve the movement of goods, services and people across the Canadian-U.S. border. The agreement was announced by Prime Minister Harper and U.S. President Barack Obama at a ceremony in Washington this week.
Beyond the Border will advance the sharing of intelligence and increase efficiency of cross-border trade. The deal is a collection of 29 agreements, and is intended to streamline trade while making our mutual border more secure by pushing security to entry points at the edges of the continent, like Halifax.
Joyce Carter, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council said “The private sector’s main concern is the need to streamline rules and regulations for companies that either ship product or facilitate passenger travel across the border. To be competitive, efficient and on time, the rules need to be consistent. This agreement will certainly increase the efficiency at the borders.”
In March 2011, The Halifax Gateway Council partnered with the Atlantic Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada to host a roundtable session with representatives of the U.S. and Canadian Governments along with private sector exporters and transportation providers. Joyce Carter said, “Our gateway roundtable provided an opportunity for our companies to provide input into this agreement during its formation and to see it come to fruition this year represents a significant step forward in the ease of cross-border business and travel”.
This is an important advancement for both Halifax and the entire Atlantic Canadian region due to the historical and continued strong trade and travel ties North/South. The U.S. is Nova Scotia’s number one trading partner and cross border travel constitutes a significant percent of our business and tourism visitors.
About the Halifax Gateway
The Halifax Gateway is strategically positioned on the east coast of North America. Since the mid-eighteenth century, the region has been a gateway for the movement of trade and people. The Gateway is comprised of the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, the International Port of Halifax, two super post-panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure. The Halifax Gateway is managed by the Greater Halifax Partnership.
For more information on the Halifax Gateway, visit www.halifaxgateway.com
About Greater Halifax Partnership
The Greater Halifax Partnership is a catalyst for economic growth and confidence in Greater Halifax, the economic hub of Atlantic Canada. More than 130 of Greater Halifax’s most influential businesses and all three levels of government invest in the Partnership. With their support, the Partnership leverages every municipal economic tax dollar three times to build business confidence, secure business stability and growth, research and report economic trends, and remove roadblocks on behalf of business.