Beyond the Border - Alan Langford (CBP)

Beyond the Border Action Plan:
Implementing a Shared Canada – U.S.
Vision for Perimeter Security and
Economic Competitiveness
Alan Langford – Customs and Border Protection
November 15, 2012
The Beyond the Border Action Plan identifies four key areas of
1) Addressing Threats Early
2) Trade Facilitation, Economic Growth, and Jobs
3) Integrated Cross-Border Law Enforcement
4) Critical Infrastructure and Cyber-Security
(1) Addressing Threats Early:
Moving to a “perimeter” focus with shared responsibility involves:
• verifying traveler identity by conducting screening at the earliest
Targeting cargo for risk before it reaches our shores.
supporting emergency management in response to bi-national disasters
working together to address health security threats
understanding the flow of people across our borders through Entry/Exit
(2) Trade Facilitation, Economic Growth, and Jobs:
Enhancing “economic competitiveness” involves:
• offering facilitative benefits in return for advance information
• reducing compliance burdens, particularly for small and medium sized
• improving, aligning and expanding programs for low-risk traders
• enhancing trusted traveller programs such as NEXUS
• modernizing and better managing our border processes through
infrastructure, preclearance and port management (i.e. ready lanes)
• maturing our business class visas and ensuring continuity of application
through guidance and training.
(3) Integrated Cross-Border Law Enforcement:
Addressing shared security threats involves:
• commitment to share law enforcement and security related information
• deploying Shiprider
• developing Next Generation pilot projects
• implementing radio interoperability solutions
• developing a common situational awareness of the border
(4) Critical Infrastructure and Cyber-Security:
Enhancing the safety, security, and resiliency of cyber and critical
infrastructure involves:
• preventing, responding to, and recovering from physical and cyber
disruptions of critical infrastructure
• enhancing cross-border engagement of critical infrastructure sectors
• strengthening cyber security to protect vital government and critical digital
infrastructure of national importance, and make cyberspace safer for
• developing protocols to support the speedy resumption of trade following
a potential border closure
Led by National Security Staff and Privy Council Office
Each initiative has timelines and lead agencies
Canada and the U.S. formed an Executive Steering Committee at the
Assistant Secretary/Assistant Deputy Minister level to oversee
To measure progress and ensure accountability, there will be a joint
annual, public report to the Leaders
2012 Achievements to Date –
• Completed joint statement of privacy principles
• Achieved mutual recognition of air cargo security programs
• Began deploying Explosive Detection Systems (EDS-certified) equipment at preclearance
airports to end re-screening of checked baggage on connecting flights
• Completed and published Considerations for Traffic Management During and Following an
Emergency for use by border communities
• Held two cross-border business traveler consultations
• Created dedicated NEXUS lane at Canadian airports expedites screening
• Announced streamlined NEXUS renewal procedures and have conducted NEXUS enrolment
• Deployed binational port operations committees (land and air)
• Launched Regional Resilience Assessment Program pilot
• Developed and convened the Executive Steering Committee
2012 Anticipated Milestones –
• Full implementation of Shiprider following ratification by Parliament
• Complete Integrated Cargo Security Strategy and conduct pilots
• Create the first bi-national 5-year Border Infrastructure Investment Plan
• Implement a truck-cargo pre-inspection pilot
• Conduct a meat importation pilot
• Implement improved processes for facilitating cross-border business travel
• Complete negotiations to allow for full preclearance of rail and maritime travelers
departing from Vancouver to the United States.
• Extend Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits to members of the Customs-Trade Partnership
Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and Partners in Protection (PIP).
• Begin entry-exit pilot project at 2-4 common land ports of entry
2013 Anticipated Milestones –
• Provide real-time information on border wait times at the top 20 crossings
• Expand NEXUS lanes and booths at several key crossings
• Harmonize the trusted trader programs, C-TPAT (U.S.) and PIP (CDN)
• Develop a set of measures to reduce the impacts of shared health security risks.
• Implement and align single-window programs for imports
2014 and beyond –
• Fully implement an entry/exit program at all U.S.-Canada land border crossings
• Implement bi-national radio interoperability for law enforcement and first responders
• By 2015, implement passenger baggage screening technology at all Canadian
preclearance airports to eliminate baggage rescreening on connecting flights in the US
• Continue to enhance coordination on cybersecurity and critical infrastructure
• Canada will implement Electronic Travel Authorization and air exit
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