The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has begun
enforcement on a rule that could have Canadian drivers stopped in their tracks
at the border.
As of May 1, all drivers hauling goods into the United
States under the BRASS system – which stands for Border Release Advance
Screening and Selectivity – must also be members of the Free and Secure Trade
Between May 1 and May 15, drivers who try to cross the
border using BRASS alone will face a fine of $5,000. On and after May 16, the
drivers will be denied entrance into the United States, according to a press
release from the agency.
The new requirement, a major component of the Trade Act of
2002, could cause longer waiting lines at FAST enrollment centers; however, the
agency indicated it would extend the hours and increase staffing to help
alleviate any problems.