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Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Message to the Presumptive Presidential Candidates - Focus on Securing Trade Securely

The Clagary Sun reported on July 4, 2008 that "Montana Sen. Jon Tester says Americans don't want border security issues to hamper trade with Canada ...
people told them they wanted a safe international border, but not at the expense of trade between the U.S. and Canada."

If Senator Obama is listening, he should refocus his attacks (away from maybe renegotiating NAFTA) to securing trade and focus on the real issue.  The real issue is that the layers of border security are negatively affecting the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.  U.S. manufacturers are not taking advantage of tariff reductions on the imported parts under the existing free trade agreements because the cost of mistakes is too high.  U.S manufactures who sell into foreign markets face numerous costs relating to supply chain security, computer system upgrades for electronic reporting and advance commercial reporting (on imports of parts and exports), the costs of shipping has increased due to the increased risks and costs faced by courier and shipping companies relating to supply chain security and reporting of information.

Senator Obama and Senator McCain should promise to review the various security initiatives that have been put in place since the horrific events of 9-11 for the purpose of determining whether the layers of measures and penalties are negatively affecting the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing businesses.  Whoever makes this promise first should score additional points with those who rely on manufacturing jobs

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