U.S. Presidential Permit allows for completion of the New Windsor-Detroit International Trade Crossing

April 12, 2013 PRESS RELEASE

Today, the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA) welcomes the announcement by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder that the much awaited U.S. Presidential Permit has been approved for the New International Trade Crossing, clearing the path forward for completion of a new bridge in the Windsor-Detroit gateway.

“With the approval of the Presidential Permit, the NITC is on the road to completion and needs to proceed without delay,” said Mark Nantais, President of the CVMA. “A state of the art, highly efficient, effective and reliable new crossing with improved flow of goods is essential to maintaining our competitive place in global markets.”

North America’s highly integrated automotive industry builds its products seamlessly on both sides of the Canada and U.S. border. The New International Trade Crossing (NITC) will provide the needed additional international infrastructure capacity at the Windsor-Detroit gateway. This is a critical trade corridor that supports a main artery of the auto industry’s supply chain.

“The Government of Canada, working with the governments of the United States, the State of Michigan and Province of Ontario, must be commended for its extraordinary leadership and coordination on this initiative, which is also a complementary undertaking to the Beyond the Border Action Plans,” added Nantais.

In conjunction with the implementation of the Action Plans, dedicated access at the NITC for pre-approved, low-risk commercial shipments under Canada-U.S trusted trader customs programs, such as the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program, will give the automotive industry greater assurance of a reliable just-in-time supply chain.

About the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association (CVMA)
The Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association is the industry association that has represented Canada’s leading manufacturers of light and heavy duty motor vehicles for more than 85 years. Its membership includes Chrysler Canada Inc.; Ford Motor Company of Canada, Limited; General Motors of Canada Limited; and Navistar Canada, Inc. Collectively its members account for 65% of vehicles produced in Canada, operate 5 vehicle assembly plants as well as engine and components plants, and have over 1,300 dealerships. 125,000 jobs are directly tied to vehicle assembly in Canada. Direct and indirect jobs associated with vehicle manufacturing are estimated at over 500,000 across Canada. Please visit www.cvma.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Nantais
Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association