The Buffalo Niagara region is the international gateway to a robust and vital cross border economy. Our bi-national region encompasses a population of over 8 million people and generates over $400 billion in gross domestic product. With a variety of industries contributing to this growth, the economic relationship between Canada and the United States is only projected to grow.
Bridging Bi-National Business
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is committed to helping Buffalo Niagara businesses take full advantage of our region’s bi-national economy. In 2017, we signed an agreement with two Southern Ontario Chambers of Commerce: the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce to offer reciprocal membership benefits to members of all three chambers.
Advocacy for Cross Border Economy
Buffalo Niagara’s economy and many of its opportunities for growth are directly tied to Southern Ontario. The BNP advocates for government policies that bind the United States and New York State closer to Canada and opposes policies creating false barriers to trade, job creation, and economic development.
Implement border efficiency measures to better move goods and people across Buffalo Niagara’s international border crossings, including:
- Regulatory reform requiring mandatory filing of e-manifests for all trucks
- Regulatory reform requiring pre-payment of all commercial border crossing fees
- Enhanced staffing of customs agents in both Canada and the United States during the final year of the Peace Bridge rehabilitation project
Support free trade policies aimed at strengthening our bi-national economy and vital trade relationship with Canada.
The BNP is a founding member of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, a group of chambers of commerce across the Great Lakes region that jointly advocate on policy issues including water quality and balanced trade policy.
The Partnership is also part of the USMCA Coalition along with other Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development organizations advocating for the ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which successfully renegotiates the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Click here to learn more about the USMCA Coalition.
Cross Border Commerce Resources
U.S. Commerce Department, Export Assistance Center
130 S. Elmwood Avenue, Suite 530
Buffalo, NY 14202
Rosanna Masucci, Director
Consulate General of Canada in Buffalo, NY
640 Ellicott Street, #406
Buffalo, New York 14203
Empire State Development
Western New York Region
95 Perry Street, Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203-3030
Invest Buffalo Niagara
257 West Genesee Street, Suite 600
Buffalo, NY 14202
Erie County Industrial Development Agency
95 Perry Street, Suite 403
Buffalo, NY 14203
Navigating International Border Crossings
The Buffalo Niagara region has four local border crossings in Erie and Niagara Counties operated by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority and the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission. Visit their pages for wait times at each bridge, to learn about required documentation, and to get additional information.
Interested in an expedited clearance process at the border? The NEXUS Niagara program allows pre-approved travelers to expedite processing through dedicated lanes at designated ports of entry. Learn more about how you can take advantage of the NEXUS Niagara program here.