On March 24th representatives of the US and Canadian Governments along with private sector exporters and transportation providers engaged in a dialogue around improving the movement of goods, services and people across our border through all modes of transportation.
The session was organized by the Halifax Gateway Council in partnership with the Atlantic Chapter of the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada. It follows an agreement that was reached in February between Canada and the United States to work together to free up trade and make our mutual border more secure – something that is endorsed by both President Obama and Prime Minister Harper.
This is an important opportunity for both Halifax and all of Atlantic Canada due to the historical and continued strong trade ties North/South. The United States is our number one trading partner. Joyce Carter, Chair of the Halifax Gateway Council indicated “the private sector’s main concern seemed to be around the need to streamline rules and regulations, as they can change week to week for companies shipping product across the border. To be competitive, efficient and on time with product the rules need to be consistent.”
US Consul General Anton Smith noted “we are encouraging any company or organization to provide input into this system. It is an opportunity to improve our competitiveness and to ensure a more seamless flow between our two neighbouring countries.”
The Halifax Gateway Council encourages any private company or organization wishing to provide direct input, suggestions and solutions to facilitate improved trade between Canada and the United States, to contact the American Chamber of Commerce in Canada as they are providing direct comments to the US Embassy in Ottawa. Comments would be appreciated by March 31st and can be sent to amchamcanada.ca
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 Port of Halifax, two post-panamax container terminals, CN Rail, a strong logistics and warehousing sector and excellent highway infrastructure.