The Ambassador Bridge is an important border crossing between Windsor, Ont. and Detroit. Photo: Grangernite, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Click image to enlargeA group of manufacturing industry associations has created a guide for business travellers crossing the U.S.-Canada border for work in the manufacturing supply chain that's critical to regional economies in both countries.

Cross border trade is a crucial function for many regional economies across Canada and the U.S., and while the border remains closed due to COVID-19, it’s important to begin preparing for the day it reopens.

The Windsor-Essex COVID-19 Economic Task Force, Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM), Automate Canada, the Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA), and the Consulate General of Canada – Detroit, have developed a comprehensive guide to support such business travellers.

The guide, Cross-Border Tips for Manufacturing Sector Employees During COVID-19, contains essential information for manufacturing employees to remain safe when working in a cross-border environment.

“The communication and sharing of ideas and information is what enables us to ensure that the manufacturing sector continues to be an important driver for economic recovery and future prosperity,” said Richard Janik, Windsor Chapter Chair, CTMA.

With uncertainty of rules regarding cross-border work in a COVID-19 environment, many employees are left vulnerable to mandatory 14-day self-isolation.

The guidebook:

  • Contains essential information on how to self-monitor, how to quarantine, and what to do if COVID-19 symptoms develop
  • Helps the business traveller know what to expect from Border Services Officer(s), and how to communicate with them efficiently and accurately.
  • Prepares travellers to answer key questions from officers
  • Ensures business travellers are aware of unknown risks that could lead to quarantine, as well as their rights when crossing the border
  • Provides suggestions on how to stay safe when travelling and while abroad, either in the U.S. or Canada
  • Reviews the potential scenarios that an employee could encounter when crossing the border
  • Suggests ways to make the experience easier and more efficient for both the employee and the Border Services Officer(s).

Canadian manufacturing companies rely on an entrenched supply chain that enables the movement of goods and people crossing the border between the U.S. and Canada.

“The manufacturing sector is an essential part of the Windsor-Essex economy,” said Stephen MacKenzie, president and CEO, Windsor-Essex Economic Development Corp. “While COVID-19 has presented new challenges, our U.S.-Canadian relationships remain true and strong and we need to ensure that we can continue to build on our existing trade relationships.”

Download a .PDF of the guidebook here at no cost.

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