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U.S.-Canada Truck Cargo Pre-inspection Pilot Now Underway

Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports that the first phase of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot program was launched June 17 at the Pacific Highway crossing between Surrey, British Colombia, and Blaine, Wash. This voluntary pilot will continue for up to six months and will operate Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

According to CBP, phase I is designed as a “proof of concept” to determine the viability of assigning CBP officers to Canadian border crossings to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to arrival into the United States. It will also test the viability of developed technologies and joint U.S.-Canada procedures to conduct CBP primary truck processing in Canada. CBP has previously said that phase II of the pilot will further test how pre-inspection could enhance border efficiency and reduce wait times and will be implemented at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y.

CBP notes that only trusted traders participating in the Free and Secure Trade program will be eligible to use the dedicated CBP pre-inspection commercial primary booth located on the Canadian side of the border. Pre-inspection will include radiation screening and basic primary processing, and any required secondary inspections will continue to be conducted in the U.S. port of entry.

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