“With our vast geography, Canada’s economy relies on the
safe and efficient movement of goods by air. Mutual
recognition of air cargo security programs will improve
efficiency and cut costs for businesses and consumers on
both sides of the border,” said Minister Lebel.
In Canada, almost half of all air cargo is shipped on
passenger planes, which is the most effective shipping
method, considering Canada’s size and unique geography.
Last year, approximately 100 billion dollars of goods
were imported and exported by air.
The Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness
Action Plan, published in December 2011, establishes
initiatives to improve the ability to manage
security risks in both countries, while reducing the
burden on business. The action plan focuses on four
areas: addressing threats early; facilitating trade,
economic growth and jobs; integrating cross border
law enforcement; and strengthening critical
infrastructure and cyber security.