The Canadian and American heads of transportation leaders met this month to discuss the importance of cross-border transportation and trade, including work on the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which has been under construction since 2019 and is expected to open to traffic at the end of 2024.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra met in Washington to discuss solutions to supply chain issues, among other topics.
International supply chains have been under stain throughout the pandemic, as shortages and disruptions across the globe repeatedly impact production elsewhere. It’s prompted a renewed focus on reshoring or “ally-shoring” manufacturing of critical components such as semiconductor chips, a shortage of which has hindered the US and Canadian economies.
As reported by media, the two transportation leaders discussed digitizing and sharing supply chain data, identifying trade corridors that could become bottlenecks, and coordinating investments at border crossings as potential solutions to supply chain challenges. They also talked about mutual needs to further electrify government fleets and build up infrastructure for electric vehicle charging.
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