FAST update planned for MATS

| Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Do you truck into or out of Canada? Truckers are invited to attend a seminar March 31 at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY, to learn about a program that can make their jobs easier and faster.

Canada Immigration, Canada Customs and U.S. Customs have teamed together for a panel session that will provide truckers with an update on the Free And Secure Trade program, referred to as FAST,along with information about driver waivers/Minister’s Permits for entering Canada.

FAST is designed to move preapproved eligible goods across the Canada-U.S. border quickly with the verification of trade compliance taking place away from the border. It is described by officials as a harmonized commercial process available to preapproved importers, carriers and registered drivers. Shipments for approved companies, transported by approved carriers using registered drivers will be cleared into either country with greater speed. Many companies are now seeking FASTregistered drivers and refusing to hire those who are not registered.

The seminar is planned for 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 31, in Room 101 at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center. You can also visit Booth No. 573 and register on site.

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