Manufacturing Group Forms to Back U.S.-Canada Border Initiatives

From the news release announcing the creation of the Bi-National Manufacturing Coalition, “Bi-National Manufacturing Coalition Praises Leaders on Border Vision”:

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLOMBIA and OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Feb. 4, 2011) – Leading U.S. and Canadian manufacturing associations have announced the formation of the B3 – Businesses for a Better Border – a manufacturing coalition to advise both governments on policies for perimeter security, regulatory compliance and economic competitiveness.

Manufacturers, and their integrated supply chains, face growing transactional compliance hurdles when shipping goods across our shared border. This threatens manufacturing competitiveness, dampens export growth, and stifles job creation in both countries.

Today’s announcement by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper on their shared objectives is an important step forward in addressing the needs of manufacturers in the integrated Canadian/U.S. economy. B3 applauds the two governments for their announcement today of a shared vision for perimeter security and economic competitiveness.

B3 is steered by the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC), Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA), and the U.S. National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). As one can tell from the membership, a major focus will be the integration and effective cooperation of the automobile industry on both sides of the border. Good time to build a new connection between Windsor and Detroit — the Gordie Howe International Bridge sounds good.

Also, from the White House on Friday, “Joint Statement by President Obama and Prime Minister Harper of Canada on Regulatory Cooperation“:

Today, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper have directed the creation of a United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), composed of senior regulatory, trade, and foreign affairs officials from both governments.  In recognition of our $1 trillion annual trade and investment relationship, the RCC has a two-year mandate to work together to promote economic growth, job creation, and benefits to our consumers and businesses through increased regulatory transparency and coordination.

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