FHWA Approves Cross-Border Trade Corridor

Nov. 1, 2000
The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a new cross-border trade corridor between Michigan and Canada. The Great Lakes Trade Corridor Association

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has approved a new cross-border trade corridor between Michigan and Canada. The Great Lakes Trade Corridor Association (GLTCA) predicts this corridor will generate $1.5 trillion in annual trade volume over the next five years.

Designated a High Priority Corridor 18 by the FHWA, the Great Lakes Trade Corridor includes Interstates 69 and 94 in Michigan along with Canadian Highway 402 in the province of Ontario.

GLTCA says the Michigan frontier is the busiest commercial cross-border trading site in North America, and these new border crossings could significantly boost local business. It claims that every two-tenths of a percent in extra trade captured by the improved border crossings could be worth between $6 billion to $8 billion to the economies of Michigan and Ontario.

TLC Receives Corporate Brokers License Total Logistic Control has received its corporate brokers license from the United States Department of Treasury, allowing the firm to handle import customs clearance. Valerie Holtrop is the acting officer, which allows TLC to operate as a customs house broker. Holtrop, TLC's managing director of international logistics, in 1999 successfully passed the custom broker examination on the CFR19 and Harmonized Tariff Schedule.

This is the final link in the TLC International Management service offering, a division which began in 1992 when several TLC facilities became Foreign Trade Zones. TLC now can provide single-source responsibility for air and ocean shipments into and out of the United States.

Holtrop joined TLC operations in 1996, and was promoted to managing director of international logistics later that year. She received her certified ocean forwarder certification in 1998. Holtrop is an adjunct instructor at Ferris State University.

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