Deal between U.S. and Canada reinforces the need for the New International Trade Crossing

Auto industry pleased by border deal

Harper, Obama pledged to expedite the movement of goods

By Grace Macaluso, The Windsor Star

WINDSOR, Ont. — Canada’s auto industry Wednesday applauded the joint action plan on border protection designed to ease trade and travel between Canada and the United States.

“We are very pleased,” said Mark Nantais, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, which represents such car companies as Ford, Chrysler and General Motors. “The direction is what the industry has asked for.”

The wide-ranging plan, unveiled by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama, pledged to expedite the movement of goods. There will be screening of cargo from foreign countries to Canada and the U.S., so that it is screened just once for both nations, the document stated.

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