February 24, 2014 - Fort Erie, Ontario - Public Safety Canada
Today, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Steven Blaney; Canada’s Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Robert Nicholson; U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas; U.S. Senator for New York, Charles E. Schumer; and U.S. Congressman for Western New York, Brian Higgins, officially launched Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York. The pilot is a key deliverable under the Beyond the Border Action Plan issued by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in December 2011.
Canada and the U.S. are using the pilot to test the concept of conducting U.S. Custom and Border Protection (CBP) primary inspection of U.S.-bound truck cargo in Canada in order to better manage their shared border and improve economic opportunities for both countries.
Minister Blaney, Minister Nicholson, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas and Congressman Higgins toured the CBP truck cargo pre-inspection area in order to see first-hand how pre-inspection will work with a view to alleviate the challenges travellers and truck traffic face with congestion when crossing the bridge.
“Today is a banner day for Western New York, its commuters, restaurants, businesses, sports teams, residents and more. It’s been a long road getting the Peace Bridge chosen as one of only two pilot sites in the country for pre-clearance of commercial truck traffic on the Canadian side, but I am confident it will prove worth the wait. Starting today, the pilot program will make history in Western New York, and if it’s successful, could lead to its permanence and the relocation of all truck inspections to Ontario.”
– Charles E. Schumer, United States Senator for New York