The general rate increase
committee of the North American Transportation Council has added a security
surcharge to its tariff on shipments crossing the U.S.-Canada border by
The Fort Erie, Ontario,
group, which monitors the operating costs and rates of cross-border trucking
companies and publishes tariff guidelines, said carriers should charge
customers $10 per shipment with a billed weight of less than 10,000 pounds,
and $25 per shipment with a billed weight of 10,000 pounds or more.
In addition, if delays
at the border exceed one hour, a border delay charge should apply. This
charge was established for carriers to recoup costs associated with crossing
the Canada-U.S. border.
carriers put the surcharge in place to try to recoup the costs of complying
with new security programs.