U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in conjunction with the
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, plans to test the pre-notification
rules of automated truck manifest data.
The test involves pre-selected truck carriers who will open
accounts to transmit electronic manifest data and obtain release of their
cargo, crew, conveyances and equipment.
As part of the pre-notification rule, shipments approved
under the Free and Secure Trade, or FAST program, must transmit the data to
Customs no later than 30 minutes before reaching the border. Non-FAST carriers
must submit data at least an hour before arrival.
At the initial stages of the test, truck manifest data will
be transmitted for conveyances crossing at the ports of Surrey, British
Columbia, and Blaine, WA; and Fort Erie, Ontario, and Buffalo, NY.
Subsequent deployment will occur at Lacolle, Quebec, and
Champlain, NY; Windsor, Ontario and Detroit; Laredo, TX; and Sarnia, Ontario
and Port Huron, MI.