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1 TBWG – The Ottawa Update Canada Border Services Agency Montreal, Québec October 23, 2013 Jay LaFrance, Canada-US Relations

2 Overview 1.Operating Environment 2.Changes in Leadership 3.Continuing Initiatives and Balancing Priorities 2

3 Operating Environment Speech from the Throne –Balancing the budget and shrinking the cost of Government Tightened Fiscal Environment –Economic competitiveness and facilitation at the border is critical 3

4 Changes in Leadership Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness –The Honourable Steven Blaney was named as the new minister of the Public Safety portfolio on July 15, 2013 Vice-President of Programs Branch –Mr. Richard Wex assumes the role of VP Programs on December 9, 2013, upon the retirement of Cathy Munroe Vice-President of Operations Branch –Mr. Martin Bolduc appointed VP Operations on October 7,

5 Continuing Initiatives and Balancing Priorities Border Modernization –Focus on improving efficiencies and service excellence Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness –Sustained commitment to produce results 5

6 Entry / Exit Entry / Exit information initiative enables the exchange of biographical information on the entry of travellers at the Canada-US land borders –Phase I of the pilot launched in September 2012 Piloted at four points of entry –Phase II launched on June 30, 2013 Data exchange has expanded to all common, automated land border ports of entry 6

7 Small and Remote Ports of Entry Small and Remote Ports of Entry initiative established between the CBSA and US Customs and Border Protection addresses operational efficiencies on both sides of the border –bi-national approach to operational alignment, infrastructure investment, and enhancement of client service at small and remote ports of entry Remote traveller processing pilots begin April 2015 –Morses Pine, Quebec –Piney, Manitoba 7

8 Integrated Cargo Security Strategy (ICSS) ICSS aims to identify and resolve security concerns as early as possible in the supply chain or at the perimeter. Phase I: Development of the ICSS by June 30, 2012 Phase II: Launch of the ICSS pilots –Prince Rupert (Marine to Rail) –Montreal (Marine to Highway) –CBSA-TC Pre-Load Air Cargo Targeting –Future Newark (Marine to Highway-US/CAN) –Tamper Evident Technology 8

9 Trusted Trader Programs Common framework for Trusted Trader programs –Working towards harmonizing Canada’s Partners in Protection and the United States’ Customs-Trade Partnerships Against Terrorism program Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits were extended at the Sarnia, Ontario border crossing to members of these two programs. –An assessment of the pilot results is currently underway 9

10 NEXUS NEXUS program enhancements –mobile enrolments –streamlining membership renewal process Promoting increase in NEXUS membership More Lanes –Additional lane at Peace Bridge, March 2013 –Additional lane at Pacific Highway, February 2013 –Additional lane at Queenston-Lewiston Bridge, May

11 Single Window The CBSA, along with nine other federal departments and agencies are implementing Single Window Initiative (SWI) to improve the delivery of border processing services By December 2013, data requirements of four participating government departments will be converted to electronic form the public By December 2014, a “single window” will be created through which importers can submit all the information requirements they currently send to various government departments and agencies 11

12 Contact information Questions? Please contact: Jay LaFrance Manager Canada-US Relations 12


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