Canadian Trucking Alliance has notified the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration of the industry's concerns over prenotification
proposals for exports from Canada to the United States.
no way do we question the need for heightened security throughout
the supply chain in the post-September 11 world," David
Bradley, chief executive of CTA, said. "But the prospect
of two sets of prior notice requirements from different agencies
of the U.S. federal government is a major concern to CTA."
is developing the prior notice requirement for food shipments
into the United States under the Bioterrorism Act. The rules
would require notice to be submitted by noon of the day prior
to import of food products regulated by the FDA.
addition, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (previously
the U.S. Customs Service) is developing a prenotification
rule following consultations with industry groups. Customs
dropped an earlier "straw man" proposal of four
hours pre-lading and is now considering the trade community's
call for a shorter, "more workable timeline of 15 to
30 minutes," the alliance said.
only are the time frames substantially different, there are
separate information systems, different parties providing
the information and different data elements," Bradley
said. "It would be a logistical nightmare especially
for LTL (less-than-truckload) carriers. Pallets containing
food products would be subject to a minimum of 12 hours prior
notice with carrier and border location data being supplied
by the U.S. importer. The same food pallet, as well as all
other shipments on the truck, would also be subjected to
U.S. Customs prenotification requirements to be met by either
the broker or carrier and supplied through a different information
system and in a different time frame."
our submission to the United States Food and Drug Administration,
we have suggested that instead of developing two processes – one
for food and one for everything else – that a single interface
be developed, and that the various government agencies share
information that is relevant for their purposes," Bradley