Some of the largest logistics and supply chain management (SCM) companies in the world operate in the Toronto region, providing the connections that allow local businesses to integrate with the global economy.
In 2013, over 9.3 billion pieces of mail and parcels were processed, representing roughly 37 million items sorted and delivered daily (Canada Post – Annual Report, 2013). According to the Canadian Courier & Logistics Association (CCLA), 2,400 member companies ship from Toronto to over 200 countries.
A long history of border cooperation and a historic free trade agreement allow goods and services to cross the Canada-United States border with ease. Programs co-administered by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) support this movement.
With the proliferation of trade between the United States and Canada, it has become increasingly necessary to ensure the safety and security of both borders. Pre-Arrival Screening (PARS) allows Canadian customs/inspectors adequate time to evaluate incoming shipments for possible risk or security concerns.
Another program, Partners in Protection (PIP), aims to improve border security while maintaining the free flow of low risk goods. Participants in PIP work jointly with CBSA to strengthen border security and compliance with Canadian border customs while reducing the threats of terrorism, theft and smuggling. PIP mirrors the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program implemented by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the United States.
Additional border compliance information is available through Industry Canada at www.strategis.ic.gc.ca/logistics.