Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

December 05, 2011 10:58 ET

Wednesday Border Announcement Expected to Reflect CME Recommendations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2011) - Wednesday's perimeter announcement by Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper and US President Barack Obama is expected to reflect many of the key recommendations submitted to policymakers earlier this year by Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME).

In a letter to chief negotiators this past May, CME - in conjunction with the Businesses for Better Borders (B3) coalition - outlined six priorities aimed at reducing costs and increasing competitiveness on both sides of the 49th parallel, including strengthened trusted trader programs, harmonized reporting requirements and expedited entry procedures for commercial travellers.

"The US is not just Canada's largest trading partner; it is the nucleus of an integrated supply chain that creates jobs, boosts investment and ensures a high standard of living for both Canadians and Americans," explains CME President & CEO Jayson Myers. "Manufactured goods travel across the border several times before a finished product can be sold. That adds compliance costs, increases government expense and, ultimately, raises prices for consumers."

CME's recommendations would also minimize duplicative reporting requirements, which would, in turn, align security programs and enhance the safety of both shipments and citizens alike.

"We anticipate this agreement will be a win-win for everyone," says Myers. "The economic benefits of a joint strategy are enormous. Manufacturing in North America is alive and well, and we must continue to work with government to ensure businesses have the tools in place to be successful on the world stage."

About CME

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) is Canada's largest 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

  • Derek Lothian
    Manager, National Communications
    Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
    613-238-8888 ext. 4228
    derek.lothian@cme-mec.ca