New Canada–U.S. Preclearance Agreement comes into force, opening door to enhanced travel and trade
Aug. 16, 2019
Global Korean Post
Ensuring a secure and efficient flow of goods and travellers across the Canada–United States border is important to both countries. Preclearance strengthens our economy by expediting the flow of legitimate travel and trade while also ensuring security and border integrity.
On Aug. 15, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, announced that Canada and the U.S. have brought into force the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America.
Bringing into force the Agreement facilitates opportunities for enhanced travel and trade. It enables Canada and the U.S. to expand preclearance for travellers at land, rail and marine facilities in both countries, as well as at additional airports. It also opens the door for the preclearance of commercial cargo.
Preclearance is the process by which border officers from Canada or the U.S. carry out immigration, customs and agriculture inspections and other requirements in the other country before allowing the movement of goods or people across the border.
Canada and the United States have a long history of successful preclearance operations, with almost 15 million passengers a year currently precleared for flights to the United States from Canada’s eight largest airports.
Canada and the United States share the longest, secure border in the world, over which almost 400,000 people and $2.6 billion worth of goods and services cross daily.