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NAFTA and the State of the Border. U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Mid-America NAFTA’s Impact on Regional Growth, Trade and Prosperity ● November 7, 2013. 2012 Total Goods Trade, Exports, and Imports Top 15 U.S. Trading Partners ( in billions of U.S. dollars).

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    1. NAFTA and the State of the Border U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Mid-America NAFTA’s Impact on Regional Growth, Trade and Prosperity ● November 7, 2013

    2. 2012 Total Goods Trade, Exports, and Imports Top 15 U.S. Trading Partners(in billions of U.S. dollars) Source: U.S. Census Bureau,http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/highlights/top/top1212yr.html#total and http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c4621.html

    3. U.S.-Canada Border Source: National Post 9/12/11

    4. Chicago’s North American trade Source: Brookings Institute Report: Metros as Hubs of Advanced Industries and Integrated Goods Trade, http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/2013/metro-north-america

    5. San Diego Optimism “…The theme of the conference – three nations, two borders, one economy – underscores the point that we need not surrender sovereignty or erase borders to deepen economic integration. A common NAFTA external tariff, regulatory harmonization, a continental energy strategy, greater labour mobility and enhanced public consciousness about our interdependence can all be accomplished without merging into one country.” —KonradYakabuski, “CETA’s nice. But NAFTA is essential.” The Globe and Mail, Oct. 28, 2013

    6. San Diego Pessimism “We have conflicting regulations, border security that’s become quite militarized. We’ve got a witch hunt for illegal aliens going on rather than having a dialogue about labor and mobility and how do we get jobs to people who need them. A single North American market has not been realized.” —Christopher Sands, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

    7. One FTA, Two Border Management Plans • U.S.-Canada: Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness (February 4, 2011) • Key areas: Addressing Threats Early; Trade Facilitation; Economic Growth, and Jobs; Integrated Cross-border Law Enforcement; Critical Infrastructure and Cybersecurity • Mexico-U.S.: Declaration by The Government Of The United States Of America and The Government Of The United Mexican States Concerning Twenty-First Century Border Management (May 19, 2010) • Key areas: • Enhancing economic competitiveness by expediting lawful trade, while preventing the transit of illegal merchandise between their two countries, • Facilitating lawful travel in a manner that also prevents the illegal movement of people between their two countries, • Sharing information that enhances secure flows of goods and people, and • Disrupting and dismantling transnational criminal organizations and punishing their members and supporters.

    8. Overview: The State Of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being In The U.S.-Mexico Border RegionErik Lee and Christopher E. Wilson • Well over a billion dollars’ worth of goods cross the border each day. • Long and unpredictable wait times at the border ports of entry are costing the United States and Mexican economies many billions of dollars each year. • Improving trusted traveler programs could increase border efficiency with minimal investments in infrastructure and staffing.

    9. Total U.S.-Mexico Trade, 1993-2012 (in millions of U.S. dollars, includes goods and services) *Bilateral goods and services trade reached an estimated $536 billion in 2012, a new record. Source: U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. 2012 services numbers are preliminary. http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/country/ and http://www.bea.gov/iTable/index_ita.cfm

    10. U.S. Land Ports of Entry with Mexico Sources: Texas Transportation Institute,Border-Wide Assessment of Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Technology—Current and Future Concepts. Final Report, July 2012and U.S. Customs and Border Protection website.

    11. The Costs of Congestion

    12. Border Congestion Could Get Worse

    13. Investment at the POEs v. investment between the POEs

    14. Opportunity: Trusted Traveler Programs

    15. 21CB: U.S. Interagency Structure

    16. 21CB: Mexican Interagency Structure

    17. Mexico’s Border Security: High Variability from West to East

    18. Conclusions • Much accomplished, much left to do • 1990s: Skyrocketing trade • 2000s: Security trumps trade • 2010s: Concerns over physical and economic security • Great potential with trusted traveler programs, inter-regional dialogue and advocacy, and public-private partnerships • Processes to watch: Immigration reform, High Level Economic Dialogue, expanded NADBank role in border infrastructure

    19. Thank you. Let’s keep talking. Erik Lee Executive DirectorNorth American Research PartnershipTel. 858.449.3798erik@naresearchpartnership.orgnaresearchpartnership.org