George Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien met at Detroit's
Ambassador Bridge Sept. 9 to announce two programs to increase
border security and efficiency.
Free and Secure Trade agreement (FAST), American and Canadian
companies will register their goods, trucks and drivers with their
governments so border inspectors can review this information up
to an hour prior to arrival.
the agents have determined the safety of each shipment, the trucks
can cross in special lanes, using tested technology, technology
that the Prime Minister and I just saw," President Bush said.
inspectors will be able to instantly verify the contents and identify
each truck as it pulls up. Stop times will be reduced from a few
minutes to seconds, and that's important."
announced expansion of a program to issue special photo identifications
to people who are screened to ensure they are not security threats
to either country. These cards entitle people to travel across
the border in dedicated lanes, where there will be little or no
delay for inspections.