Ontario group adds security surcharge

| Wednesday, April 23, 2003

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 truck.

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.

Previously, individual carriers put the surcharge in place to try to recoup the costs of complying with new security programs.

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