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4/4/2003



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CN, CPR join U.S., Canadian customs agencies in promoting security-enhancing principles


On April 3, Canadian National Railway Co., Canadian Pacific Railway, and U.S. and Canadian customs agencies signed a declaration of principles designed to enhance security at the Canada-U.S. border and ensure secure rail access to the United States.


The principles call for screening and examining all freight moved by CN and CPR into the United States, and provide guidelines for collecting advanced electronic manifest information, and installing imaging and radiation detection equipment at seven border crossings.


"We believe this agreement will strengthen existing border security while assuring an orderly flow of goods between the two countries," said CN President and Chief Executive Officer E. Hunter Harrison in a prepared statement.


CN, CPR and customs officials plan to implement the declaration's measures during the next several months.


"We strongly support the efforts of both governments to maintain a secure border in the face of potential terrorist threats," said CPR President and CEO Rob Ritchie.


In addition to the principles, CN and CPR recently received accreditation in U.S. Customs Services' Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, which is designed to strengthen supply-chain and border security.


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