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December 15, 2017
Bill to implement Canada-U.S. preclearance agreement gets Royal Assent
The "Act respecting the preclearance of persons and goods in Canada and the United States," Bill C-23, received Royal Assent this week.
This brings Canada and the United States closer to implementing the Agreement on Land, Rail, Marine and Air Transport Preclearance between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America.
When the Agreement was signed in 2015 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.
Once enabling regulations are in place, Canada and the United States can ratify the Agreement and start expanding preclearance operations to other modes of transportation - land, rail and marine - in addition to the new locations in the air mode.
The Agreement also opens the door to explore possibilities for cargo preclearance. The regulations for the air mode are expected to be in place by the end of 2018.
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