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U.S. and Canada Discuss Expansion of Preclearance Operations

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
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Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale met March 10 to discuss bilateral efforts to facilitate legitimate trade and travel while securing the U.S. and Canada from shared threats. The officials discussed a range of issues of mutual interest, including the long history of successful passenger preclearance operations as well as next steps to expand preclearance to new locations in air, rail, land, and marine modes. Kelly and Goodale instructed their officials to report back on these and other issues and negotiate a path forward to pursue cargo preclearance or pre-inspection, including identifying potential pilot sites.

Kelly and Goodale also agreed to continue to work together on other important challenges, including cyber security, critical infrastructure, trade enforcement, and countering radicalization to violence, as well as joint border initiatives such as trusted traveler programs.

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