In 1994, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, creating one of the world’s largest free trade zones and laying the foundations for strong economic growth and rising prosperity for Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Recent administration changes in the United States have brought some aspects of NAFTA under fire. Changes to NAFTA have direct consequences for the movement of goods via truck across North America.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) submitted its comments to Global Affairs Canada to help frame Ottawa’s discussions with the US involving the modernization of cross-border trucking in upcoming NAFTA trade negotiations. The submission covers eleven areas of interest involving NAFTA, cross-border transportation and international commerce, including: in-transit truck moves, cargo pre-clearance, government investment at ports of entry, harmonization of security programs, the trend in rising cross-border fees, the movement of food products and related inspections, e-commerce, among many other issues.
The document was assembled with input from carriers operating coast-to-coast, who were asked by CTA to provide feedback on opportunities to streamline trade, target investment and clarify customs procedures to improve the flow of goods and commercial traffic across the border.
“Many of the comments by the carrier community contained in our submission are long standing issues that have been impeding cross-border trade,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “CTA is eager to work with Ottawa, Washington, and the business communities on both sides of the border to try and resolve these issues for the betterment of the economies in the U.S. and Canada.”
Feedback from carrier Members at the Saskatchewan Trucking Association was included in the CTA feedback.
A copy of the CTA submission is available on request from the Saskatchewan Trucking Association
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