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Improving Cross-Border Mobility and Trade: A Border Transportation Planning Framework for the 21st Century

An Introduction to Cross-Border Mobility and Trade

The Improving Cross-Border Mobility and Trade toolkit overviews how cross-border mobility plays a crucial role in enhancing economic development between countries and regions. For sustainable interregional trade to occur, people and goods must be able to move between countries efficiently and equitably. Efficient cross-border mobility is dependent on a range of factors, including: 

  • Availability and functionality of the transportation infrastructure through which movement can physically occur; 
  • Safety and security of people involved through transportation networks and at border crossings; 
  • Facilitation and operation of associated processes and programs to advance trade and mobility at border crossings; and 
  • Impact on border communities and the environment.

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Last updated: Tuesday, December 5, 2023