Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

June 28, 2011 16:17 ET

Improved Border Regulations Must Be Top Priority, CME Tells President's Export Council

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - Border inefficiencies and duplicative regulations are placing American as well as Canadian companies at a major competitive disadvantage, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

In a meeting today with President Barack Obama's Export Council and representatives from the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, CME President & CEO Jayson Myers emphasized the importance of making real and rapid progress in implementing a new action plan to improve perimeter security and enhance border efficiency.

CME has highlighted six priorities the association believes should be addressed as part of the new border vision outlined by the President and Prime Minister Harper last February.

CME's recommendations include strengthening trusted trader programs, harmonizing information requirements and reporting processes across government departments, and expediting entry procedures for business travellers.

"The US is not just Canada's largest trading partner; it is the nucleus of a highly integrated supply chain," Myers explains. "Goods travel across the border several times before a finished product can be sold, which adds compliance costs for job creators in both Canada and the United States, increases costs for governments, and ultimately raises prices for consumers."

CME, in conjunction with the Businesses for Better Borders (B3) coalition, is taking a leading role in coordinating industrial support in both Canada and the United States for action on a new border plan. A formal announcement introducing a joint strategy is expected later this summer.

"These are very timely discussions for American and Canadian manufacturers alike, and will shape the economic cooperation agenda between our two countries," says Myers. "We must work closely with government and do everything we can to remove barriers to export growth and ensure the continued stability of the economic recovery."

Learn more about the six recommendations set out by CME members and the B3 coalition: http://www.cme-mec.ca/download.php?file=gopoqqlj.pdf. The plan is also backed by more than 40 industry associations comprising the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition (see letter).

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's leading trade and industry association, and the voice of manufacturing and global business in Canada.

CME focuses on the issues that are most critical to our members - manufacturing competitiveness, US business opportunities, international markets, people and skills, energy and the environment. Their challenges are our priorities. We offer solutions for our members through our leadership in: CME Advocacy, CME Intelligence, CME Business Opportunities, CME Best Practices
and CME Networking.

Since 1871, we have made a difference for Canada's manufacturing and exporting communities. Fighting for their future. Saving them money. Helping them grow.

The association represents more than 10,000 leading companies nationwide. More than 85 per cent of CME's members are small and medium-sized enterprises. As Canada's leading business network, CME, through various initiatives including the establishment of the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition, touches more than 100,000 companies from coast to coast, engaged in manufacturing, global business and service-related industries.

CME's membership network accounts for an estimated 82 per cent of Canadian manufacturing production and 90 per cent of all exports.

Contact Information

  • Jeff Brownlee
    Vice President, Public Affairs & Partnerships
    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    905-672-3466 ext. 4233
    jeff.brownlee@cme-mec.ca