U.S., Canada renew cargo pre-clearance effort

May 25, 2011 at 7:00 am

 

   U.S. Customs and Border Protection and its Canadian counterpart are seeking to establish a cargo pre-clearance program that would allow admissibility decisions to be made before rail and truck shipments reach the border, Commissioner Alan Bersin told a Senate panel last Tuesday.
   Asked about delays for commercial motor carriers along the northern border, Bersin said CBP and the Canadian Border Services Agency hope to implement a pilot program for advance cargo release in the near future.
   “The notion is to move our processes into the foreign country so we can avoid lengthening the lines at the arrival port of entry,” Bersin told a reporter following testimony before the Judiciary subcommittee on immigration, refugees and border security.
   Upcoming meetings between Bersin and CBSA President Luc Portelance are scheduled in Washington and Ottawa during which specifics of a pre-inspection program are to be worked out.  Read more.

E. Kulisch, American Shipper, 5/23/2011

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