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Border Trade Alliance names Britton Clarke as new president

The Border Trade Alliance, North America’s premier advocate for cross-border trade, has named Britton Clarke as the organization’s new president. In this role, Clarke will oversee the BTA’s daily operations, including the execution of its policy agenda at all levels of government, as well as membership...

Border Trade Alliance research on the Trans Pacific Partnership

The Border Trade Alliance supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). There is an incredibly brief window to influence support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership on Capitol Hill. The BTA has produced a detailed analysis of the current political climate and what is needed to move TPP...

Making the Sec. 559 Program Permanent

Border Trade Alliance Chairman Russ Jones was quoted in a press release issued by U.S. Representative Will Hurd following the passage of this critical legislation. “The public-private partnership that has been made possible by Section 559 is an example of the types of policy reforms we should be pursuing more of to improve the cross-border trade environment,” Border Trade Alliance Chairman...

Border Trade Alliance Cheers Confirmation of Roberta Jacobson as Next U.S. Ambassador to Mexico

WASHINGTON - The Border Trade Alliance today applauded the Senate confirmation of Roberta to be the next U.S. ambassador to Mexico, finally ending a months-long vacancy of the top diplomatic post with one of the U.S.'s largest trading partners. "We are extremely pleased that Ms. Jacobson was confirmed by the Senate with bipartisan support to be our next ambassador to Mexico," Border Trade...

Border Trade Alliance Names New Board Members

WASHINGTON – The Border Trade Alliance announced the addition of six new members to its board of directors following the organization’s first board meeting of fiscal year 2014 last Friday. The new directors join two directors who joined the board in August at a meeting of the board in Mexico City. “We are very excited to welcome these talented individuals to our board of directors,”...

Border Trade Alliance and Texas Border Coalition Urge Caution on Texas DPS Border Surge

SAN ANTONIO – The Border Trade Alliance and Texas Border Coalition today urged extreme caution in the call for the Texas Department of Public Safety to execute a so-called “surge” in enforcement along the Texas-Mexico Border. In a letter to Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state House Speaker Joe Straus, the two organizations acknowledged the need for security along the...

Border Trade Alliance Hails Signing of Reimbursable Fee Agreements Between Customs and Private, Municipal Partners

Public-private partnerships critical to improving border ports, staffing levels WASHINGTON – Cross-border trade and travel stakeholders will gather in Washington, D.C. today at the headquarters of Customs and Border Protection for the official signing of five “reimbursable fee agreements” between CBP and partners in the air and land environments. The agreements were made possible by...

BTA urges GSA to consider design alternatives at San Ysidro Port of Entry

The San Ysidro border crossing is vital to the San Diego-Tijuana region's economy. GSA's reconfiguration of the port should reflect the needs of the community and existing businesses. The BTA sent the following letter to the GSA on this matter: July 11, 2014 The Honorable Dan M. Tangherlini Administrator US General Services Administration 1800 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20405 Dear...