U.S. Customs and Border Protection has successfully completed a five-month pilot test of cargo pre-inspection with Canadian authorities in western Canada, and a second stage of the program has begun in New York.
“Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness,” was the first part of an initiative to determine the feasibility of placing officers of Customs and Border Protection in Canada to pre-inspect selected southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to arrival into the U.S.
The truck cargo pre-inspection pilot began June 18 at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, British Columbia, according to a news release from the agency. Transport Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the BC Ministry of Transport also participated in the pilot, according to the release.
Eligible participants were enrolled members of Customs and Border Protection’s Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program. 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, according to the release. Secondary inspections, when required, were conducted in the U.S. port of entry.
Phase II of the pilot is at the Peace Bridge Crossing in Buffalo, N.Y./Fort Erie, Ontario, It began in January and continues for up to a year, according to the release. That phase is testing whether the process reduces wait times and border congestion, according to the release.