U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced a pilot test program that will offer a new electronic payment option for commercial truck single-crossing user fees. This test will begin at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso ports of entry on June 2 and run for about one year. Any owner, agent or person in charge of a commercial truck may participate in this pilot and no application is needed. If CBP determines that the pilot is working successfully at these initial ports it will expand the pilot to all U.S. land border ports of entry that process commercial trucks.

CBP regulations specify the applicable user fee for commercial trucks upon arrival into the U.S. and the methods of payment, which include payment on an annual basis or on a per crossing basis. Although commercial truck carriers can prepay the annual user fee online, the single-crossing user fee is paid by cash or credit card each time a truck arrives at a U.S. port of entry.

This pilot will enable the owner, agent or person in charge of a commercial truck to prepay the single-crossing user fee online prior to the truck’s arrival at a port of entry. CBP states that this change should reduce wait times, improve primary processing, save costs to truck carriers associated with idling time (such as gas and lost driving hours), and alleviate CBP officers of the administrative functions pertaining to the collection, accounting and transmittal of user fee collections.

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