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Truck Cargo Pre-Inspection Pilot on U.S.-Canada Border Moves to Next Phase

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Feb. 24 the official launch of phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot program the U.S. and Canada are conducting on their shared border. Phase I, which was recently concluded at the Pacific Highway crossing between Surrey, British Columbia, and Blaine, Wash., determined that placing CBP officers in Canada to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to their arrival into the U.S. is feasible. Phase II, which will run at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, N.Y., for about a year, will test the ability of the pre-inspection process to reduce wait times and border congestion. Pre-inspection processing in Canada will include radiation screening and basic primary processing, while secondary inspections, when required, will continue to be conducted in the U.S. port of entry.

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