United States Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Director of the Preclearance Field Office Randy Howe helped celebrate the completion of a two-year collaborative Security in Advance (SIA) project at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 in a ribbon cutting ceremony. The SIA project was developed and implemented to meet new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulatory requirements and improve passenger flow for U.S.-bound passengers using the preclearance process. The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) led the two-year project in coordination with CBP, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) and the air carrier community. The ceremony was attended by representatives from GTAA, CBP and CATSA, as well as senior officials from the United States and Canada, including Ambassador Heyman, Canadian Minister of Transport Marc Garneau, Greater Toronto Airports Authority President and CEO Howard Eng, Canadian Air Transport Security Authority President and CEO Angus Watt.
“The United States and Canada are both deeply invested in the facilitation of legitimate trade and travel across our shared border, while also working together closely to guarantee the security of our citizens,” Ambassador Heyman said. “The Security in Advance project that we inaugurate today is a great example of our cooperation. Pearson airport is the busiest U.S. global air port of entry outside of the United States. Security in Advance will provide safer, more seamless, and more efficient travel to the United States for Canadian and international visitors traveling through Pearson. I’d like to thank the Canadian government, GTAA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for their work to make Security in Advance a reality.”
“CBP is proud to be a part of this collaborative project that will streamline the Preclearance process for the millions of travelers that fly through Toronto to the United States each year,” Director Randy Howe noted.
Toronto Pearson, Canada’s largest and busiest airport, provides a vital link that cements the economic relationship between the United States and Canada. It is the fourth largest U.S. CBP port of entry.
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