The Business Council of Canada says the Nexus closure is ‘deeply troubling’ in a letter to the US

The Business Council of Canada says it is concerned about the continued closure of the Nexus Trusted-Traveller program.

Business Council of Canada CEO Goldy Hyder says it is “deeply troubling” that the US government has not reopened 13 Nexus enrollment centres, in a letter to David Cohen, the US ambassador to Canada, obtained by The Canadian Press.

The two countries are at odds over a long-standing request by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency that its agents be afforded the same legal protections inside Nexus facilities in Canada that they currently have at ports of entry such as airports and the Canada-Canada border USA. .

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino has cited principles of Canadian sovereignty to explain why U.S. customs officers cannot have the same legal protections at Nexus centers as they do at airports and at the border.

In her letter to Cohen, Hyder says she fears the dispute will hurt businesses whose employees don’t already have a Nexus card, and she strongly urges the ambassador to recommend reopening the enrollment centers.

Canada’s envoy to the United States, Kristen Hillman, said last week that the trusted traveler program is being “held hostage” by unilateral U.S. efforts to renegotiate the 20-year-old advance agreement between the United States and its northern neighbor.

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