United States - Canada Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness, Action Plan   [open pdf - 482KB]

"This Action Plan sets out joint priorities for achieving that vision within the four areas of cooperation identified in the Beyond the Border Declaration: addressing threats early; trade facilitation, economic growth, and jobs; cross-border law enforcement; and critical infrastructure and cyber security. Nothing in this Action Plan is intended to give rise to rights or obligations under domestic or international law; this action plan is not intended to constitute an international treaty under international law. Work to implement this Action Plan will be subject to normal budget, legal, and regulatory mechanisms in each country and will be carried out in close consultation with interested stakeholders in both countries. In particular, progress on many of the elements of this Action Plan will depend on the availability of funding. In those cases, appropriations to support implementation will be sought through the normal budgetary processes of each country. In addition to calling for this Action Plan, the Declaration of Leaders on February 4, 2011, also created a Canada--United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). Whereas this Action Plan aims to enhance security and economic competitiveness through measures taken at our shared perimeter and border, the RCC aims to better align our regulatory approaches to protect health, safety, and the environment while supporting growth, investment, innovation, and market openness. Some initiatives under this Action Plan will complement the work of the RCC, and indeed, could provide beneficial interim measures pending more fundamental regulatory solutions which may flow from the RCC."

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