On December 7th, 2011, the United States (U.S.) and Canada announced the Beyond the Border Action Plan: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness.
In the Action Plan, both countries recognized that the free flow of goods and services between Canada and the U.S. creates significant mutual economic benefits. In 2010 alone, bilateral trade between the countries reached $500 billion with the value of total imports into Canada from the U.S. reported as approximately $203 billion and the total value of imports to the U.S. from Canada reported at approximately $298 billion. A number of commitments related to trade facilitation, economic growth, and jobs address this important trade relationship. One such commitment is to "bring greater public transparency and accountability to the application of border fees and charges, with a view to reducing costs to business and promoting trade competitiveness."