MRO Magazine

New Cross-Border Guidebook for Business Travellers

The Canadian Tooling & Machining Association (CTMA), the Windsor-Essex COVID-19 Economic Task Force, Canadian Association of Mold Makers (CAMM), Automate Canada, and the Consulate General of Canada – Detroit, have developed a guidebook to support business travellers crossing the border to maintain the manufacturing supply chain in North America. Cross-Border Tips for Manufacturing Sector Employees During COVID-19 is an evergreen document.

“The communication and sharing of ideas and information, as in the ‘Cross-Border Tips for Manufacturing Sector Employees During COVID-19’ guidebook, 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.

The guidebook:

  • Contains information on how to self-monitor and quarantine, and what to do if COVID-19 symptoms develop;
  • Helps create communications between the business traveller and the border services officer(s);
  • Prepares travellers to answer key questions from officers;
  • Ensures business travellers are aware of unknown risks that could subject them to quarantine, and their rights when crossing the border;
  • Provides suggestions on how to stay safe when travelling and while abroad, in the U.S. or Canada;
  • Reviews potential scenarios an employee could encounter when crossing the border; and,
  • Suggests ways to make the experience easier and more efficient.

“The manufacturing sector is an essential part of the Windsor-Essex economy,” said Stephen MacKenzie, President and CEO, WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation. “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 the guidebook here.