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Border Cooperation - Donna Davis


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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 - Donna Davis

  1. 1. Working Together to Improve Border Management Donna F. Davis Associate Professor, Marketing Georgie G. Snyder Professorship
  2. 2. $281 B $315 B2011 U. S. Census Foreign Trade Data 2
  3. 3. 300 Top 5 US Export Markets 250 Canada is the #1 customer for US goods.US$ Billions 200 150 100 The US is the #1 customer 50 for Canadian goods. 0 Canada Mexico China Japan Germany 2011 US Census Bureau 350 Top 5 Canadian Export Markets 300 250 200 CAD$ Billions 150 100 50 0 United Other Other OECD Japan United States European Kingdom Union 2011 Statistics Canada 3
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  5. 5. Customs Regulation Port Serviceefficiency structure 5
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  7. 7. Soft infrastructure is made up ofcapabilities embedded inhuman resources, socialstructures, and business and regulatoryenvironments of border crossings thatfacilitate or impede international trade. 7
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  9. 9. The Soft InfrastructureLeadership Mission alignmentRelationship management Shared standardsGlobal horizon Information integration Collaborative Interagency Capability Cooperation Service Orientation Differentiated services Responsiveness Trained personnel 9
  10. 10. “So, leadership makes adifference, which this isabout. Leadership makes adifference.”“…work on therelationship, therelationship, therelationship.”“Some are like, ‘I want a littlechunk of the profits here; Iwant to run him [a trucker]through my town.’No, no, get beyond that.” 10
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  12. 12. Mission Alignment The Canada Border Services Agency works to ensure Canadas security and prosperity by managing the access of people and goods to and from Canada.We are the guardians of our Nation’s borders.We are America’s frontline.We safeguard the American homeland at and beyond our borders.We protect the American public against terrorists and the instruments ofterror.We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States while fostering ourNation’s economic security through lawful international trade and travel.We serve the American public with vigilance, integrity and professionalism. 12
  13. 13. “There’s an issue aroundstandards … Canada would haveto harmonize with the US. It’snot going to work. It’scooperation – recognizingdifferences and then cooperatingby respecting the way they dothings.”Pre-clearance informationreceived via FAST programreported to be working to provideone view of commercial traffic. 13
  14. 14. “Most of the people comingthrough here are onlegitimate business and arenot a problem.”“There are a lot of people incertain politicalappointments that don’tunderstand what’s going onhere.”“It makes a difference…That guy who lives in WildHorse is probably one of thenicest ones in the country.” 14
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  16. 16. Lessons learned …1. Collaborative capability at the regional level is making a difference.2. The private sector is leading the public sector in efforts to improve the soft infrastructure.3. Interagency cooperation is a moving target. Commercial trade will have to work around this barrier in the near term.4. The technology is largely in place to support better service at the Canadian/US border.5. Continuing to build and strengthen the distributed network of local/regional efforts is the (only) way forward. 16
  17. 17. THANK YOU! 17