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Truck Cargo Pre-Inspection in Canada Feasible, CBP Pilot Test Finds

Monday, January 06, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Following the conclusion of the initial phase of a pilot test, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Jan. 2 the feasibility of placing its officers in Canada to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to their arrival into the U.S. During Phase I, which was conducted at the Pacific Highway crossing between Surrey, British Columbia, and Blaine, Wash., eligible participants were enrolled as members of the Free and Secure Trade program and FAST-eligible trucks entering the U.S. had the opportunity to use a dedicated pre-inspection commercial primary booth on the Canadian side of the border. Secondary inspections, when required, were conducted in the U.S. port of entry. Phase I also tested the feasibility of using certain technologies and jointly-developed procedures to conduct CBP primary truck processing in Canada.

Phase II of the pilot will test the ability of the pre-inspection process to reduce wait times and border congestion. It will be launched this month at the Peace Bridge Crossing between Buffalo, N.Y. and Fort Erie, Ontario, and will run for up to a year.

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