Canada and the United States Announce Port of Prince Rupert Pilot Project
The Port of Prince Rupert pilot project in British Columbia will facilitate greater trade and strengthen cargo security at the Canada-U.S. border as part of the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy in the Beyond the Border Action Plan. “Accelerating the movement of secure cargo between our two countries by removing red tape and other unnecessary barriers will contribute to job creation, strong economic growth and greater long-term prosperity for hard-working Canadians and their families,” says Ed Fast, minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
The Port of Prince Rupert focuses on marine cargo, and is the closest North American port to Asia by three days. The port is home to five terminals, including the fastest growing container terminal in North America.
This pilot project is the first of a number of pilots which will be undertaken by Canada and the U.S. to implement the cargo strategy, which is part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan announced in 2011 by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama. Canada and the United States make up the world’s largest bilateral trading relationship, with trade reaching almost $709 billion last year.
For complete details, visit www.borderactionplan.gc.ca.