To help drivers stay on top of ever changing rules at international border points, the Ontario Trucking Association has released a new handbook, Practical Border Crossing. It answers the top questions facing cross-border drivers, with helpful tips concerning pre-arrival preparations and routines while at the border in an effort to reduce delays. The OTA contends, correctly, that the CB radio and truckstop chatter are not always the best places to get border advice.
The association says the 100-page handbook was created by visiting the major truck ports in Ontario and meeting with front-line border officials from the U.S. and Canada, along with bridge operators and custom brokers, to get their insights into what steps drivers can take to reduce delays at the border.
The book is broken into separate sections that cover entering both Canada and the U.S. It also identifies the requirements of drivers by clearance program, personal item information, and load-specific direction. A section of the handbook is devoted to the unique requirements of individual crossings in Ontario along with contact information.
OTA member price is $10 per book, with volume discounts available, while non-members pay $15.