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Trusted trader initiatives beyond the border action plan transportation border working group

Trusted Trader Initiatives - Beyond the Border Action Plan Transportation Border Working Group

April 17, 2012


Beyond the border action plan
Beyond the Border Action Plan

  • Enhance the benefits of programs that help trusted traders move efficiently across the border and introduces new measures to further facilitate movement while reducing the administrative burden for business

  • Tier One

    • Harmonize the Partners in Protection (PIP) and Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

      • The opportunity to submit one application to multiple programs

      • Align and offer new benefits on both sides of the border

      • Canada will initiate a pilot to extend Free And Secure Trade (FAST) benefits to all Trusted Traders

      • Canada will develop an interoperable web based communication portal (similar to US portal)


Beyond the border action plan cont
Beyond the Border Action Plan (cont.)

  • Tier Two

    • Align self assessment programs and offer new benefits such as expedited border and accounting processes and trade compliance privileges

      • Conduct a detailed comparison and review of Customs Self Assessment (CSA) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) programs

      • Canada will implement the Partners in Compliance (PIC) program and incorporate it as an enhanced benefit of the Customs Self Assessment program

      • CBSA and CBP will conduct joint consultations with Tier II stakeholders to identify and assess additional ways to expedite border processes

      • CSA and ISA programs will be expanded to include non-resident importers between Canada and the United States


Beyond the border action plan cont1
Beyond the Border Action Plan (cont.)

  • Extend access to Trusted Trader programs to include shipments that are subject to Other Government Department/Agency requirements

    • Canada will conduct a one-year pilot for the non-regulated processed food sector

  • Explore product-specific pilots aimed at lowering inspection rates for certain industry sectors

    • Canada (CFIA) will lead a pilot for the agri-food sector and the US will lead a pilot for the pharmaceutical sector


Current fast program
Current FAST Program

  • When entering Canada the FAST lane/booth may be used if all of the following conditions are met:

    • The importer is both PIP and CSA (FAST) approved

    • The carrier is both PIP and CSA (FAST) approved

    • All goods on-board are eligible for CSA clearance

    • The driver is CDRP or FAST approved


Sarnia pilot
Sarnia Pilot

  • Blue Water Bridge – Summer 2012

  • Currently, the BWB consists of a three lane span to cross into Canada

    • The bridge authority has the ability to control the traffic flow according to volumes

    • There is one truck lane, one car lane and one lane for Trusted Traders/Travellers

    • The electronic signs can be used to direct FAST drivers to a dedicated lane during peak hours

  • There are seven commercial truck lanes at the Sarnia Plaza

    • On average, 5 lanes are open


Sarnia pilot cont
Sarnia Pilot (cont.)

  • During the pilot the eligibility criteria will be amended for PIP and CSA members to use the lanes without being members of both programs

  • Pilot will be evaluated after six months

  • Although additional carriers will be eligible to use the FAST lanes/booths, shipments must be made entirely of goods from PIP and/or CSA importers


Sarnia pilot cont1
Sarnia Pilot (cont.)

During the pilot, two booths will be devoted to Trusted Traders, with one booth exclusively for CSA clearance

  • FAST – PIP or CSA Booth:

    • All shipments must be from CSA or PIP approved importers

    • Carriers must be PIP or CSA approved

      • Includes goods that are not eligible for CSA clearance (i.e OGD requirements)

    • Drivers must be FAST or CDRP approved

  • FAST – CSA Clearance Booth:

    • Carriers and Importers must be CSA approved

    • The driver presents the three bar-codes for a CSA clearance

    • Driver must be FAST or CDRP approved



Sarnia pilot cont3
Sarnia Pilot (cont.)

  • Letter was sent to solicit interest from qualified carriers

    • Possess the ability to determine if the importers on a given shipment are members of CSA and/or PIP.

    • Transmitting full eManifest data (cargo and conveyance advance information) by June 2012

    • Cross the Blue Water Bridge on a daily or weekly basis

  • 18 PIP carriers registered to be part of the pilot


Fast pacific highway blaine
FAST: Pacific Highway - Blaine

  • Look at options for FAST which address the unique challenges of Pacific Highway Commercial Operations

    • Limited number of CSA/PIP Importers and Carriers

    • Traffic volumes

    • Provide tangible benefits to those who have invested in Trusted Trader Programs


Next steps
Next Steps

  • Ongoing Consultations

  • Finalize operational details of the Sarnia Pilot

  • Determine potential options for Pacific Highway - Blaine


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