Canada-United States Law Institute 2008 Annual Conference. Case Western University, Ohio April 17-19, 2008. The Tipping Point – Effects of Post 9/11 Border Security on Canada / US Competitiveness Gary Hufbauer Peterson Institute for International Economics. Introduction.
The Tipping Point – Effects of Post 9/11 Border Security on Canada / US Competitiveness
Gary HufbauerPeterson Institute for International Economics
With more efficient technology, and with inspections calibrated to risk, the security tax on Canadian merchandise can be reduced.
Security for flows of merchandise originating in the United States and Canada, and citizens of the two countries.
However, only 25 percent of US citizens and 40 percent of Canadians have passports, so as an interim step, both countries should waive the passport fees until 2010.
If the merchandise is then sealed and tracked all the way to the border using high-tech equipment, it should travel through to the United States with no further inspection (apart from random audits).
Security for goods coming from outside the North American perimeter.
Once certified, and put in sealed and tracked containers, the cargo should not have to go through additional security checks when reaching the US border.