Logistics/Warehousing & Cross-Border Activities
A historically important industry for the region, Windsor has more than double the percentage of persons employed as customs, ship and other brokers compared to all other urban centres in Canada. In fact, no other urban centre in Canada comes close to Windsor-Essex for employment concentration in this area.
The Windsor-Detroit corridor is already the busiest cargo corridor in Canada. Canada and the United States share the world's largest trading relationship. Two-way merchandise trade between the United States and Canada has grown by more than 216% since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In February of 2011 President Obama and Prime Minister Harper announced the formation of the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC). The RCC will further stimulate trade by increasing regulatory transparency and cooperation between the United States and Canada and eliminating unnecessary regulatory differences and duplicative actions that hinder cross-border trade and investment. This is of extreme importance to the Windsor-Essex region given that each year $130 billion in trade crosses the Ambassador Bridge.
According to the Public Border Operations Association, 324,709 passenger cars crossed through the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in October 2011 and 400,667 crossed in the same month at the Ambassador Bridge.