Border Cooperation - Dean Paisley

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Border Cooperation…Expanding Alternatives

Border crossings are a key component of trade. They serve as essential checkpoints, ensuring the safety and security of people and truck loads entering our countries and driving on our highways. They can also serve as bottlenecks of congestion that slow trade. Learn how we can improve existing border crossings, and provide new alternatives to improve the flow of trade and create new opportunities for our communities.

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Border Cooperation - Dean Paisley

  1. 1. Alberta Motor Transport AssociationBorders for Economic Security 1
  2. 2. IntroductionDean Paisley,Director at Large, AMTAPresident, Lethbridge Truck TerminalsWhat does AMTA do?BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 2
  3. 3. IntroductionNot-for-profit Association formed to provide a voicefor the highway transportation industry in AlbertaProvides training programs and promotes safetyinitiatives that reduce workplace injuriesBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 3
  4. 4. Introduction What I want to talk about today • Infrastructure • Border • Regulatory HarmonizationBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 4
  5. 5. Infrastructure• Ports to Plains is doing essential work• Alberta offers similar products: faces similar challenges BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 5
  6. 6. InfrastructureLet’s look at our trade relationship • Despite recession still world’s largest bilateral trade partnership • 1/3 of Canada’s GDP depends on trade with US: US share of CDN exports 72.3% • Canada-US trade supports >7 million US jobs • Top export market for 39 US states • Major US supplier of oil (20%), gas, electricity • Largest purchaser of US agricultural exportsBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 6
  7. 7. InfrastructureBut there’s a problem • Trade has been down but for the last few years and while it has begun picking back up again lately – there is a sense that things are tenuous. • There is also concern about what happens when the economy does pick up – that will only increase congestion at the border BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 7
  8. 8. InfrastructureLow traffic volume is MASKING problems at the border• The actual problem – the impact of border congestion on trade and prosperity – seems less serious than it really is BECAUSE of the problem itself.BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 8
  9. 9. InfrastructureInvestment in transportation infrastructure is an investment in sustainable mutual growth and prosperity BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 9
  10. 10. InfrastructureAbout Canadian infrastructure• Trucking industry’s contribution to GDP is at least twice that of any other mode• Trucking employs about 400,000 Canadians• Trucks haul 90% of all consumer products and foodstuffs• Carry about two-thirds of Canada’s trade (by value) with the United States If the Canadian federal government wants to facilitate a stronger economy it needs to make strategic investments in key highway and border crossing infrastructure. BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 10
  11. 11. InfrastructureCooperation within CanadaAlberta operators have been striving to streamline freightmovement in Western Canada. BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 11
  12. 12. InfrastructureInfrastructure needs to reflect regulationWe need adequate highways for volume – also importantthat we have infrastructure that is consistent with regulatoryrequirements drivers are expected to meet BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 12
  13. 13. InfrastructureWhat AMTA wants to see:Infrastructure Upgrades• Twinning highway 2 from Beaverlodge to BC border, BC has announced it is twinning from the AB border to FT. St. John• Ring road around Medicine Hat on highway 1• Finish twinning highway 63• Look at adding a third lane on highway 2 between Calgary-Edmonton Corridor.• Repair the highway’s frost heaves on the north bound lane from Bezanson to Grande Prairie Twinning the highway system from Edmonton area to Fort McMurrayBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 13
  14. 14. InfrastructureNew Infrastructure• New rest areas between Calgary and Red Deer (to fit regulations)• North/South Trade Corridor• Ring Roads in Edmonton and Calgary• Northeast Alberta Transportation Corridor (NATC)• And…BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 14
  15. 15. Infrastructure AMTA supports the construction of atransportation and economic development corridor between Mexico and Alberta BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 15
  16. 16. Infrastructure• After 9/11, physical security became a priority for both our countries• We have invested extensively in security• What about economic security? BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 16
  17. 17. Borders not Barriers“Canada and the United States, alone or in partnership cannothope to compete with the emerging economies and/or othertrading blocs, unless we have a predictable, reliable and efficientsupply chain; the sheer enormity and overlap of the measuresthat have been imposed on cross-border trade over the pastdecade has not always been consistent with that imperative,” ~ Canadian Trucking Alliance President and CEO, David BradleyBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 17
  18. 18. Borders not BarriersAs a trucking company owner…BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 18
  19. 19. Borders not Barriers• ID card red tape (and cost)• Irregular loads (cattle, oil-industry equipment) BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 19
  20. 20. Borders not Barriers Wild Horse Crossing on Alberta 41 and Montana 223BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 20
  21. 21. Borders not BarriersWhen regulations are in sync (PARS, PAPS) – it worksWhen they aren’t in sync… BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 21
  22. 22. Border not Barriers We need to keep trucks rolling!BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 22
  23. 23. Borders not Barriers• We need physical security AND economic security• Perimeter barrier is okay – but not between our countries• What about energy independence (security)?• Let’s return to risk assessment based policies BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 23
  24. 24. Border not BarriersWe need• Physical Security• Energy Security• Food Security• Economic Security• American and Canadian JOB SecurityBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 24
  25. 25. Regulatory Harmonization Perimeter Vision Action PlanIt’s just an agreement to do certain things, it is not a treaty. BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 25
  26. 26. Regulatory HarmonizationPerimeter Vision Action Plan • Addressing threats early • Trade facilitation, economic growth and job creation • Integrated cross border law enforcement and • Critical infrastructure and cyber-securityBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 26
  27. 27. Regulatory HarmonizationAction plan is on ambitious timeline – expected in 2 yearsWhat we would like to see:• Improved coordination – not just between agencies on both sides of the border – but also between agencies on the same side of each border• A one-program approach in Canada similar to the Customs- Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in order to gain access to southbound FAST lanesBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 27
  28. 28. Regulatory Harmonization• Canada adopt the same transponder technology as the United States• Canada should be prepared to match US enforcement efforts in terms of certain point-to- point freight movements in the other country and in terms of the ability for domestic loads to move in- transit in either country BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 28
  29. 29. In Summary… InfrastructureBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 29
  30. 30. In Summary… Borders not BarriersBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 30
  31. 31. In Summary… Regulatory HarmonizationBORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 31
  32. 32. ConclusionEconomic security means opening the bottleneck • Better roads and amenities for drivers • Better borders • Better cooperation • TOTAL security (energy, food, economic, and job)BORDERS FOR ECONOMIC SECURITY 32

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