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Business Stakeholders Meet to Slash Costly Cross-Border Red Tape

(Jessica Murphy – Sun News)

It all comes down to being able to buy a cheaper, better lipstick.

Canadian and U.S. industry stakeholders and regulators met in Washington on Wednesday to try to begin aligning regulations between the two countries on pretty much all goods that cross the border, including, yes, lipstick.

The goal? Slash costs and cross-border hassles for consumers and businesses.

Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association president Darren Praznik has a pet example to illustrate the problem – lipstick with sunscreen. The product is classified as a drug in Canada but as a simple lipstick in the U.S., a difference in designation that creates many inspection and regulatory obstacles. Read more here.