NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Marc Greco, manager of corporate solutions with Challenger Motor Freight, was direct when he summed up a comparison of Canadian and U.S. trucking operations. “We do things slightly differently,” he told a crowd at Omnitracs’ Outlook user conference in Nashville, Tenn.
OTTAWA, ON — So it begins. The North American Free Trade Agreement that governs every load of freight crossing the Canada-U.S. border is now formally being renegotiated. In the midst of talk about tariffs and taxes, however, regulators are also looking for ways to streamline the crossings themselves.
OTTAWA, ON – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is asking the federal government to help speed up border crossings for trucks, as work begins to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has officially submitted comments on cross-border trade to Global Affairs Canada, as governments prepare to renegotiate aspects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
The association’s submission covers 11 related areas of interest including: in-transit truck moves, cargo pre-clearance, government investment at ports of entry, harmonization of security programs, the trend in rising cross-border fees, the movement of food products and related inspections, and e-commerce, among other topics.
“Many of the comments by the carrier community contained in our submission are longstanding issues that have been impeding cross-border trade,” said president Stephen Laskowski. “CTA is eager to work with Ottawa, Washington, and the business communities on both sides of the border to try and resolve these issues for the betterment of the economies in the U.S. and Canada.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Canada’s largest trading partner has inaugurated a president who pledges “America first” policies on everything from trade to security. “From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families,” U.S. President Donald Trump said in his inaugural address on Friday. “We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.”We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders. We will bring back our wealth and we will bring back our dreams,” he added.
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to extend and expand a pilot initiative that uses a reduced data set for permitting Canadian carriers to resume in-transit operations for domestic loads.
FORT ERIE, ON – American Bridge Company has been awarded an $80.5-million contract to rehabilitate the Peace Bridge – an international crossing connecting Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York.
TORONTO, ON – The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is reporting that on May 27 the first commercial truck completed an in-transit run between Canada and the U.S under a newly-approved pilot project.
The truck entered the U.S. at Port Huron Michigan on Friday and exited the U.S. at Emerson, MB the following day, “trimming valuable miles from its route,” the CTA notes.
The in-transit Manifest Pilot Program will work to restore the once common in-transit practice that was curtailed by post-9/11 changes to U.S. border security procedures.
TORONTO, ON – In a speech to the Canadian-American Border Trade Alliance this week, Canadian Trucking Alliance CEO David Bradley offered what he calls the “five pillars of an ideal future” to help the border run smoother.
WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) agency is moving forward on a pilot program aiming to simplify Canadian shipments in-transit through the United States. That is, loads originating in Canada and ending in Canada but travelling via the U.S. en route.
In fact, CBP’s In-Transit Manifest Pilot Program will work to restore the once common in-transit practice that was curtailed by post-9/11 changes to U.S. border security procedures. Nine Canadian carriers involved in the program will be able to use a limited set of data when crossing the border, easing the administrative burden significantly.
According to a notice published in the U.S. Federal Register yesterday, “Test participants will submit electronically an in-transit manifest with a relaxed validation for the value data element and they will not have to provide the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) number.”
BUFFALO, NY – After ordering a coffee or some pizza on their smartphones, truck drivers may soon be able to use an app on their phone to pay the US$13.05 Customs and Border Protection user fee for entering into the U.S. at the Peace Bridge.
The tech move is designed to cut congestion at the popular border crossing, where truck operators who do not have an annual user fee decal have to fork over cold hard cash. That process, according to the US Department of Homeland Security, is taking a bit too long.
According to Homeland Security’s latest budget documents, the current manual collection process “results in increased wait times and fuel costs for carriers and loss of work hours for CBP.” An automated system could cut processing times by as much as 6.5 per cent, the department estimates.
The budget document claims, for example, that at the Port of Buffalo in 2015, approximately 1,700 work hours were spent performing cash collections, with each commercial truck inspection taking an average of 80 – 90 seconds per vehicle. User fee collections for 2015 in the Port of Buffalo was approximately $774,000, the document states. This equates to approximately 72,000 collections (7.6 per cent of commercial trucks).
OTTAWA, ON – A new report from Canada’s Auditor General has found that one in five high-risk shipments flagged by the Canada Border Services Agency is never inspected.
Auditor General Michael Ferguson’s report notes that exports are vital to Canada’s economy and prosperity, but issues such as CBSA staffing deficiencies and coverage during vacations and sick leaves are threatening border security.
Ferguson found that CBSA also relies on export declarations as a key method for identifying high-risk shipments, but that the agency is often not able to review all declarations. Further complicating the issue is that some exports are exempt from the requirement to be declared to the agency, such as shipments under $2,000, and the agency has limited authority to examine undeclared exports.
WASHINGTON, D.C. –New analysis of data shows truck traffic between Canada and the U.S. has declined while it has increased between the U.S. and Mexico. The Journal of Commerce reports U.S. Transportation Department figures show since the second quarter of 2005, truck crossings between Canada and the U.S. decreased 16 percent but grew 19 percent between the U.S. and its neighbor to the south Also, truck crossings at both U.S. borders have increased since 2009, as the level with Mexico approaches what the U.S. has with Canada.
It reports in the second quarter of this year, Mexican border truck crossings with the U.S. were up 2.6 percent year-over-year, while crossings at the U.S. Canadian border dropped 1.6 percent.
Compared to the first quarter of the year, Canadian truck crossings increased 4.1 percent in the second quarter of 2015, while there was a 5.1 percent jump in June from May after falling in April from May.
At Detroit, the second-largest U.S. truck border crossing, truck volumes increased 3.4 percent from the first quarter, according to JOC, but were down 4.6 percent year-over-year.
TORONTO – A 26-year-old Toronto truck driver faces drug charges after border officials found 52 kilograms of suspected cocaine hidden in his rig earlier this week.
Two trucking groups have given their endorsement to changes in regulations regarding eManifest information required by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) prior to arrival in Canada.