On May 19, 2010, the United States and Mexico affirmed the importance of our shared border by issuing a Joint Declaration on 21st Century Border Management. An efficient border that encourages commerce and deters criminal activities is a key component of our bilateral cooperation and the prosperity of the United States and Mexico in the 21st century. Some $1.25 billion in two-way trade and nearly one million people cross our land border each day for legitimate trade and travel.
The day-to-day work under this Joint Declaration is guided by the binational Executive Steering Committee and carried out by the Corridor Security, Secure Flows, and Infrastructure subgroups.
The North American Leaders Summit
On February 19, 2014, the leaders of the United States, Canada, and Mexico met in Toluca, Mexico for the North American Leaders Summit. Among the many important issues discussed, the leaders agreed to work together to facilitate trade and travel in the region.
At the Summit, the leaders committed to building on existing initiatives to streamline procedures and harmonize customs data requirements for traders and visitors. We will accomplish this through continuing efforts to achieve mutual recognition between the NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI, and Viajero Confiable trusted traveler programs. The Leaders also agreed to work toward the eventual goal of a North American Transportation Plan, beginning with freight planning cooperation.
In December 2013, the Government of Mexico formally launched their trusted traveler program, Programa Viajero Confiable. This launch is an important example of the continuing efforts of the 21st Century Border Management Initiative and the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue to facilitate trade and travel between our two countries.
Programa Viajero Confiable provides expedited processing for pre-approved, low-risk, travelers at designated international airports in Mexico via the use of automated kiosks, similar to U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry program. Together, Global Entry and Programa Viajero Confiable improve the ability of each our countries to quickly process travelers upon arrival at major international airports.
Since 2010, more than 40,000 Mexican citizens have enrolled in Global Entry. Now U.S. citizens can enroll in Programa Viajero Confiable, further enhancing trade and travel while maintaining the highest standards of security.
With Canada, CBP jointly manages the NEXUS trusted traveler program. The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing by United States and Canadian officials at dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, at NEXUS and Global Entry kiosks at Canadian Preclearance airports, and at marine reporting locations.
Working in tandem, these programs will break down barriers to cross-border travel, create new opportunities to increase tourism between our two countries, and build a business-friendly environment that strengthens our nations’ economic competitiveness.
We will also work together to harmonize customs data requirements to lessen the burden on traders.
Building on the efforts of under the 21st Century Border Management Initiative and Beyond the Border, the United States, Canada, and Mexico will continue to work together to harmonize the data collected from traders to move cargo into and through our region. Harmonizing data requirements will lessen the burden on shippers and support North America’s position as a global trade leader.