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Partnership with Canada – Beyond the Border

The United States and Canada are working together to keep our borders safe and expand our economic partnership. Here's how:

Today, I am pleased to announce the release of the 2015 U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border Implementation Report, which can be viewed here.  The 2011 Beyond the Border Action Plan set forth specific initiatives for achieving a shared approach to perimeter security and economic competitiveness, in which both countries work together to address threats within, at, and away from our borders, while expediting lawful trade and travel. 


The fourth annual Beyond the Border Implementation Report highlights completion of some of our most ambitious initiatives, including the successful launch of an automated biometric-based (fingerprint) query capability that allows both countries to better counter identity fraud, strengthen identity management and provide valuable information to inform respective admissibility determinations.  We also signed the historic Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada, which, once brought into force, will enable new preclearance operations on both sides of the border, facilitating trade and travel for Americans and Canadians. 


Additionally, in 2015 the United States and Canada:

  • Reached 1.3 million NEXUS members, as of December 2015 – representing an increase of nearly 17% over 2014 and over 110% since 2011.  Data from Fall 2015 show that the majority of NEXUS members using the dedicated commuter lanes were processed within 25 seconds.
  • Issued the second Border Infrastructure Investment Plan, conducted consultations with stakeholders, and held a series of regional webinar roundtables to help harmonize efforts to move forward with deploying wait time solutions at crossings.
  • Deployed Shiprider operations in two additional Ontario locations, bringing the total up to four full-time locations.
  • Further enhanced a perimeter approach to health security, under the joint Health Security Working Group, including through the development of recommendations for expediting the cross-border response to public health emergencies. 
  • Concluded a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot with lessons learned that will be implemented to facilitate travel across U.S. borders, including eliminating the user fee cash collection at primary inspection.


In 2016, we’ve continued our shared approach to perimeter security and economic competitiveness, including during the visit of Prime Minister Trudeau in March.  During that visit, we announced the important steps we’ve taken to assess threats at the earliest opportunity, including enhancing the exchange of national security information, and to complete an entry-and-exit information system to ensure the record of land and air entries into one country establishes an exit record from the other.  We also worked together with Mexico to enhance security while facilitating trade and travel at the 2016 North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa, Canada.  There, we announced new efforts to expand eligibility across North America in our respective trusted traveler programs that speed the entry of pre-screened travelers.  Today, representatives from the private sector, non-governmental organizations, academia, and unions will give feedback on the NALS at the first-ever Stakeholder Dialogue on North American Competitiveness hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  We look forward to hearing their perspectives on how the governments of the United States, Canada, and Mexico can work collaboratively to increase North American competitiveness. 


Now in its fifth year, Beyond the Border has deepened and institutionalized U.S.-Canada cooperation to enhance continental security while facilitating trade and travel, and continues to provide benefits to residents, travelers, and industry in both our countries today.  We intend to continue our robust partnership as we build on our shared accomplishments under Beyond the Border and NALS to achieve the vision outlined by our leaders for a collaborative approach to perimeter security and economic competitiveness. 


Amy Pope is Deputy Homeland Security Advisor and Deputy Assistant to the President at the National Security Council