Cross-border business

U.S. immigration changes make it tougher for Canadian companies
By Nan Berezowski
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/10/2003

There is a real concern companies are losing cross-border business because of indiscriminate immigration security screening. Tales abound of security restrictions on foreign visitors that are so broad they make it difficult for foreign companies to do business with the United States.

The post-September 11 security sensitive environment and the 30 Point Border Declaration signed by the U.S. and Canada last December have already led to changes in cross-border inspection procedures at U.S.-Canada airports and borders. Although immigration and customs officials in both countries do plan to co-operate to simplify crossings for pre-approved, low-risk travellers, businesses are still grappling with the effect of dramatically increased security. While the new security measures are not directed at corporate travellers, the reality is that border and pre-flight immigration processing is not what it used to be.

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