On February 4, 2011, the Prime Minister of Canada and the President of the United States issued Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. A joint Action Plan was developed to reach the goal of a perimeter approach to security and economic competitiveness. One of the four areas of cooperation identified in the Action Plan is trade facilitation, economic growth and jobs which contains deliverables designed to enhance benefits of programs that help trusted businesses to move efficiently across the border while reducing their administrative burden.
As part of the Action Plan, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in conjunction with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) committed to “jointly consult with tier-two stakeholders in both countries to identify and assess additional ways to expedite border processes. Recognizing that tier-two members have already provided us with extensive information, we will identify and assess options to collect data in advance through streamlined and more efficient means that are more responsive to shippers’ business processes, while safeguarding our ability to assess individual shipments for the risk they may present. A report with recommendations on pilots or new initiatives will be completed and distributed to members by September 2012.”
Tier II Trusted Trader programs focus on trade compliance as well as expedited border and accounting processes.
On May 16 and July 25, 2012 joint consultations were conducted with a cross-section of Tier II stakeholders in both countries. The objective of the consultations was to identify additional methods to expedite processes for Tier II stakeholders which have not been identified as part of the Action Plan.
This report will first provide a brief overview of the current Tier II programs, outline the ideas that were provided during the joint consultations, and identify the next steps that the CBSA and CBP intend to pursue.