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Title: Transportation Border Working Group Plenary Meeting

Transportation Border Working Group Plenary
Meeting Emily Barragan Office of NAFTA and
Inter-American Affairs U.S. Department of Commerce
The NAFTA Trade Perspective
  • The U.S.-Canada FTA January 1, 1989
  • The NAFTA January 1, 1994, a remarkable success
  • The U.S. economy grew by 48
  • Canada 49
  • Mexico 40
  • NAFTA total trade increased over 510 billion
    297 billion in 1993 to 866 billion now
  • In 2006, we traded 2.4 billion a day with our
    NAFTA partners -- 1.6 million a minute

The NAFTA Trade Perspective (contd)
  • Our trade with Mexico and Canada exceeds our
    trade with 25 EU member states and Japan combined
  • Exports to Mexico Canada account for 364
    billion- roughly 35 of our global
  • 2005 U.S. exports to Mexico 120 billion
  • 2005 U.S. exports to Canada 212 billion

The SPP- What Is It?
  • The Goal ensure North America-
  • Best and safest place to live, work and do
  • By maintaining North American advantage in era of
    global sourcing
  • Builds on the NAFTA, P4P, and border initiatives
  • Better protect citizens from man-made and natural
  • Promote safe and efficient movement of people and
  • The SPP consists of an economic and a security
  • Based on the principle that our common prosperity
    depends on our mutual security
  • Expands economic opportunities by reducing
    barriers and making our businesses more
    competitive in the global marketplace

What it is Not
  • The SPP is not a NAFTA renegotiation exercise
  • The SPP is not an immigration initiative nor
    forum for dispute resolution
  • The SPP is not a new treaty or trade agreement

Timeline and Implementation
  • The Heads of State launched the SPP on March 23,
  • Commerce hosted a series of private sector
    roundtables to engage industry and identify
  • Working groups and work plans created
  • Ministers reported to Heads of State on progress
    made and released public report on June 27, 2005

Timeline and Implementation (contd)
  • Secretary Gutierrez met with Canadian and Mexican
    colleagues and private sector to discuss creation
    of NACC March 15, 2006
  • Heads of State Cancun Summit March 30-31, 2006 to
    discuss North American Competitiveness
  • Prosperity Ministerial and Launch of the North
    American Competitiveness Council on June 15, 2006
  • Consensus recommendations delivered to SPP
    Ministers at February 2007 meeting
  • ACF Prosperity Meeting
  • Leaders Meeting in Canada August 2007

Who Does What?
  • SPP is an interagency initiative
  • On the U.S. side
  • White House/NSC
  • Security- DHS
  • Prosperity- Commerce Department
  • Coordination- State Department

Security Component Working Groups(DHS)
  • Secure North America from External Threats
  • Traveler and Cargo Security, and Bio-protection
  • Prevent and Respond to Threats within North
  • Aviation and maritime security, law enforcement,
    intelligence cooperation, and protection,
    prevention and response
  • Further Streamline the Secure Movement of
    Low-Risk Traffic across our Shared Borders
  • Develop and implement strategies to combat
    threats, such as terrorism, organized crime,
    migrant smuggling and trafficking

Economic (Prosperity) Component Working Groups
  • Manufactured Goods (DOC)
  • Lower production costs for North American
    manufacturers by eliminating unnecessary
    regulatory barriers, ensuring compatibility of
    regulations and by eliminating redundant testing
  • Provide consumers with cheaper, safer, and more
    diversified and innovative products
  • The Other Nine
  • E-Commerce and ICT (DOC)
  • Energy (DOE)
  • Movement of Goods (USTR)
  • Transportation (DOT)
  • Food and Agriculture (USDA)
  • Business Facilitation (DOS)
  • Financial Services (Treas)
  • Environment (DOS)
  • Health (HHS)

Some Accomplishments to Date
  • IPR Strategy for Fake Free North America
  • Uniform in-advance electronic exchange of cargo
    manifest data (maritime, railroad and motor
  • 50 Reduction of Detroit/Windsor waits
  • US-Canada PulseNet MOU
  • New FAST Lanes on U.S.-Mexico Border
  • Consumer Product Safety Agreements
  • Food Safety Coordinating Task Force
  • Harmonizing risk assessment mechanisms, and
    establishing protocols to detect fraud and
  • Ongoing ROO liberalization- 30 billion in goods
  • NASTC Strategy
  • Creation of avian/pandemic influenza coordinating

2006 Initiatives
  • Cancun Five priorities
  • Smart, secure borders
  • Energy security
  • Emergency management
  • Avian and Pandemic Influenza
  • North American Competitiveness Council

North American Competitiveness Council(NACC)
  • Provides recommendations on North American
    competitiveness that could be addressed through
    the SPP
  • Help governments focus their efforts by applying
    a cost-benefit analysis to prioritize the

North American Competitiveness Council
  • Membership- 10 private sector representatives
    from each country 30 delegates total
  • U.S. Secretariat- Council of the Americas and
    U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Secretariat Canadian Council of Chief
  • Organization varies in each country

NACC Report
  • Enhancing Competitiveness in Canada, Mexico and
    the United States
  • Put forward more than 50 recommendations to
    strengthen North American competitiveness in
    global markets while improving safety and
  • Report is divided into three priority areas

The NACC Report
  • Border-crossing facilitation 23 recommendations
    for action in emergency management and
    post-incident resumption of commerce expansion
    and improvements to border infrastructure the
    movement of goods the movement of people
  • Standards and regulatory cooperation 18
    recommendations to create a trilateral regulatory
    cooperation framework engage in development of
    global technical standards food and agriculture,
    financial services, transportation, intellectual
  • Energy supply and distribution improve energy
    supply security by strengthening cross-border
    distribution services, increasing skilled labor
    supply, promoting joint development of clean and
    efficient technologies

SPP Deliverables
  • Leading up to the August meeting in Canada
  • Regulatory Cooperation Framework
  • Intellectual Property Protection Working Group
  • Avian/Pandemic Flu Plan
  • Energy Innovation and Efficiency
  • Smart, Secure Borders agenda
  • Working groups will continue existing projects
    and identify new deliverables

SPP Conspiracies
  • Myth The SPP was an agreement signed by
    Presidents Bush and his Mexican and Canadian
    counterparts in Waco, TX, on March 23, 2005
  • Fact The SPP is not an agreement nor is it a
    treaty. The SPP is a trilateral effort to
    increase security and enhance prosperity through
    greater cooperation and information-sharing
  • Myth The SPP is a movement to merge the United
    States, Mexico, and Canada into a North American
    Union with super courts, a NAFTA Super Highway
    and a common currency
  • Fact The cooperative efforts under the SPP do
    not change our courts or legislative processes
    nor does it consider the creation of a common
    currency or a new Super Highway

SPP Conspiracies (contd)
  • Myth The SPP is being undertaken without the
    knowledge of the U.S. Congress.
  • Fact U.S. agencies involved with the SPP
    regularly update and consult with members of
  • Myth The SPP is illegal it violates the
    Constitution and infringes on the sovereignty of
    the U.S.
  • Fact Nothing in the SPP undermines the U.S.
    Constitution the cultural and legal framework of
    the three countries are intact. Any regulatory
    changes require conformity with all existing U.S.
    laws and administrative procedures, including
    notice and comment.

SPP Conspiracies (contd)
  • Myth The working groups and SPP documents are
    secret and only businesses can provide input.
  • Fact The SPPs initiatives and achievements can
    be found online. Its webpage has a section where
    interested persons can provide input directly to
    the various working groups.
  • Myth The SPP seeks to lower U.S. standards with
    the regulatory cooperation framework.
  • Fact The framework supports and enhances
    cooperation and encourages compatibility of
    regulations while maintaining high health and
    safety standards. This will provide consumers
    with more affordable, safer, more diversified and
    innovative products.

Contact Information
  • Phone 202-482-4705
  • Fax 202-482-5865
  • Email
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