CFGI quoted – “Canadian businesses call for change to NAFTA rules for travellers”

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“As talks get underway in Washington to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC) and US based Council for Global Immigration (CFGI), are calling for improvements in border processes and a modernisation of the rules that permit professionals and businesspeople to cross the Canada US border for employment purposes.

“…According to Lynn Shotwell, Executive director of CFGI, ‘Timely, predictable and flexible labour mobility is critical to employers’ ability to meet their business objectives. NAFTA renegotiation provides an opportunity to make border crossings more efficient.’

“A recent survey conducted by CERC and CFGI of their respective members, many of whom represent some of North America’s largest employers, uncovered some of the key obstacles that cause untold delays at border crossings, leading to lost productivity in both countries. 

“…Of employers surveyed, more than half (53 per cent) reported that their employees have experienced delays unrelated to travel volumes when crossing into Canada, and 61 per cent reported delays when crossing into the US.

“…‘Restrictions and delays with the movement of skilled workers, significantly hinder trade and stifle business growth. With an integrated supply chain, across virtually all sectors of the economy, the movement of highly skilled workers is critical,’ said Stephen Cryne, president and CEO of CERC.

“…Most of the employers surveyed feel that the current NAFTA Professionals list, which is intended to facilitate the movement of professionals and skilled workers, is out-dated for their workforce needs.

“That list, compiled over 20 years ago, has only been updated on two occasions. CERC and CFGI are calling for a major overhaul to bring the list up to date, and for a formal mechanism to regularly review and update the list with input from industry.”

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