Phase 1 of Canada-US truck cargo pre-inspection pilot now underway

The following is excerpted from the 2 July 2013 edition of Canadian Transportation & Logistics.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has begun Phase I of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot. The project, which got underway at the Pacific Highway crossing adjacent to Surrey, B.C. June 17, is a collaborative effort by CBP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Public Safety Canada under the US/Canadian Beyond the Border initiative. Transport Canada and the B.C. Ministry of Transport are also participating in the pilot.

Phase I of the pilot is designed as a “proof of concept” to determine the viability of assigning CBP officers to Canadian border crossings to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to arrival into the US. It will also test the viability of developed technologies and joint US-Canada procedures to conduct CBP primary truck processing in Canada. Officials say CBP will monitor wait times and provide traffic mitigation as needed.