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Mexico; United States: Letter of Intent to Foster Security and Trade Signed

(Aug. 18, 2009) The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Mexico's Secretary of Finance and Public Credit signed a Letter of Intent on June 15, 2009, aimed at strengthening security and promoting trade. According to a press release issued on the occasion,

Specifically, the agreement seeks to strengthen border enforcement by creating a framework for establishing bi-national Port Security Management Committees, developing a joint implementation plan for cooperative capacity building, and increasing trade facilitation between the two nations through increased information sharing and a harmonized customs clearance process.

(Press Release, DHS, Secretary Napolitano and Mexican Finance Minister Agustín Carstens Sign Bilateral Agreement to Strengthen Security and Facilitate Trade (June 15, 2009), available at