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New bill will formalize customs preclearance in Canada and the U.S.

June 20, 2016

The Government of Canada announced the introduction of legislation in the House of Commons to expand the preclearance agreement with the United States.

The Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine, and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States was signed in Washington on March 16, 2015, in order to provide for the preclearance in each country of travellers and goods bound for the other country.

Preclearance operations by U.S. Customs are already in effect at t eight international airports across Canada.

The expansion will include transport by land, water and train and will extend the benefits of preclearance to designated inland areas for freight.

The two countries agreed in principle to expand preclearance to a number of new Canadian locations, including Quebec's Jean Lesage International Airport, Toronto's Billy Bishop City Airport, Montreal Central Station and the Rocky Mountaineer.

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