Businesses that transport people and goods between the U.S. and Canada could save time and money at customs if a new preclearance border agreement is enacted.
U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and Canadian Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney signed the preclearance agreement on Monday, March 16. It will take effect if new legislation is passed by U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament.
The agreement would allow border officers from the inspecting country to set up customs facilities and carry out customs and immigration inspections in the host country. It covers road, rail, marine and air transport.
U.S. and Canadian border officials said the deal will result in shorter lines at border checkpoints.
“We know that pre-clearance works,” Blaney, the Canadian safety minister, said in a press conference in Washington D.C. on Monday. “On my side of the border it has been used at eight of Canada’s busiest airports generating significant economic benefits. I benefitted myself yesterday when I came from Montreal to Washington.”