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Beyond the Border Action Plan: Implementing a Shared Canada – U.S. Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. Alan Langford – Customs and Border Protection November 15, 2012. The Beyond the Border Action Plan identifies four key areas of cooperation:

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Beyond the Border Action Plan: Implementing a Shared Canada – U.S. Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness

Alan Langford – Customs and Border Protection

November 15, 2012

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The Beyond the Border Action Plan identifies four key areas of cooperation:

    • Addressing Threats Early
    • Trade Facilitation, Economic Growth, and Jobs
    • Integrated Cross-Border Law Enforcement
    • Critical Infrastructure and Cyber-Security
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(1) Addressing Threats Early:

  • Moving to a “perimeter” focus with shared responsibility involves:
    • verifying traveler identity by conducting screening at the earliest opportunity
    • Targeting cargo for risk before it reaches our shores.
    • supporting emergency management in response to bi-national disasters
    • working together to address health security threats
    • understanding the flow of people across our borders through Entry/Exit
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(2) Trade Facilitation, Economic Growth, and Jobs:

  • Enhancing “economic competitiveness” involves:
    • offering facilitative benefits in return for advance information
    • reducing compliance burdens, particularly for small and medium sized companies
    • improving, aligning and expanding programs for low-risk traders
    • enhancing trusted traveller programs such as NEXUS
    • modernizing and better managing our border processes through infrastructure, preclearance and port management (i.e. ready lanes)
    • maturing our business class visas and ensuring continuity of application through guidance and training.
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(3) Integrated Cross-Border Law Enforcement:

  • Addressing shared security threats involves:
    • commitment to share law enforcement and security related information
    • deploying Shiprider
    • developing Next Generation pilot projects
    • implementing radio interoperability solutions
    • developing a common situational awareness of the border
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(4) Critical Infrastructure and Cyber-Security:

  • Enhancing the safety, security, and resiliency of cyber and critical infrastructure involves:
    • preventing, responding to, and recovering from physical and cyber disruptions of critical infrastructure
    • enhancing cross-border engagement of critical infrastructure sectors
    • strengthening cyber security to protect vital government and critical digital infrastructure of national importance, and make cyberspace safer for citizens
    • developing protocols to support the speedy resumption of trade following a potential border closure
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Governance:

    • Led by National Security Staff and Privy Council Office
    • Each initiative has timelines and lead agencies
    • Canada and the U.S. formed an Executive Steering Committee at the Assistant Secretary/Assistant Deputy Minister level to oversee implementation
    • To measure progress and ensure accountability, there will be a joint annual, public report to the Leaders
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2012 Achievements to Date –

  • Completed joint statement of privacy principles
  • Achieved mutual recognition of air cargo security programs
  • Began deploying Explosive Detection Systems (EDS-certified) equipment at preclearance airports to end re-screening of checked baggage on connecting flights
  • Completed and published Considerations for Traffic Management During and Following an Emergency for use by border communities
  • Held two cross-border business traveler consultations
  • Created dedicated NEXUS lane at Canadian airports expedites screening
  • Announced streamlined NEXUS renewal procedures and have conducted NEXUS enrolment blitzes
  • Deployed binational port operations committees (land and air)
  • Launched Regional Resilience Assessment Program pilot
  • Developed and convened the Executive Steering Committee
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2012 Anticipated Milestones –

  • Full implementation of Shiprider following ratification by Parliament
  • Complete Integrated Cargo Security Strategy and conduct pilots
  • Create the first bi-national 5-year Border Infrastructure Investment Plan
  • Implement a truck-cargo pre-inspection pilot
  • Conduct a meat importation pilot
  • Implement improved processes for facilitating cross-border business travel
  • Complete negotiations to allow for full preclearance of rail and maritime travelers departing from Vancouver to the United States.
  • Extend Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits to members of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and Partners in Protection (PIP).
  • Begin entry-exit pilot project at 2-4 common land ports of entry
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2013 Anticipated Milestones –

  • Provide real-time information on border wait times at the top 20 crossings
  • Expand NEXUS lanes and booths at several key crossings
  • Harmonize the trusted trader programs, C-TPAT (U.S.) and PIP (CDN)
  • Develop a set of measures to reduce the impacts of shared health security risks.
  • Implement and align single-window programs for imports
  • 2014 and beyond –
  • Fully implement an entry/exit program at all U.S.-Canada land border crossings
  • Implement bi-national radio interoperability for law enforcement and first responders
  • By 2015, implement passenger baggage screening technology at all Canadian preclearance airports to eliminate baggage rescreening on connecting flights in the US
  • Continue to enhance coordination on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure
  • Canada will implement Electronic Travel Authorization and air exit
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Stay informed. Read the Action Plan and fact sheets and stay up to date on milestones and outreach events at www.dhs.gov/beyond-the-borderand/orwww.actionplan.gc.ca/border.

Provide feedback. Your ideas can help guide the implementation of the Action Plan. Provide feedback at public forums like this one or email your ideas to beyondtheborder@hq.dhs.gov and/or border@actionplan.gc.ca.