U.S. & Canada Heads of State Discuss Preclearance and Cross-Border Info-Sharing

During a recent visit in Washington DC between Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and President Obama the two leaders discussed the importance of continuously enhancing the speed of cross-border trade and travel, as well as improving security through information sharing on third-country nationals.

There was an announcement about the expansion of the customs preclearance program for U.S. bound travelers from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Quebec City’s Jean Lesage Airport. These will be in addition to the current nine Canadian Preclearance sites.

Canada is the United States’ largest trading partner with over $600 Billion USD exchanged between the two in 2015. Discussions on the expansion of cargo preclearance were also held.

National Security leaders of the two countries discussed the importance of and challenges with information sharing on third-country nationals; with respect to anti-terrorism, refugee screening, entry/exit tracking, and maintaining privacy.

​For more details visit CBC News

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