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CBSA will expand the number of FAST lanes at the border, enhance access to program

May 18, 2016

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that it is improving Free and Secure Trade (FAST) benefits for members of its trusted trader programs.

The Agency plans to increase the number of dedicated FAST lanes. By winter 2017, dedicated FAST lanes will be in operation at Fort Erie, Ontario, and at Pacific Highway, British Columbia. A new FAST lane will be opened at Emerson, Manitoba by spring 2018. Canadian FAST lanes are currently in operation at Sarnia and WIndsor in Ontario and Pacific Highway in British Columbia.

Program eligibility requirements will also be expanded at existing FAST sites in Sarnia and Pacific Highway, and at future sites at Fort Erie and Emerson by extending FAST benefits to PIP-only and CSA-only members.

FAST is a joint program between the CBSA and United States Customs and Border Protection that enhances border and trade chain security while making cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays.

In Canada FAST builds on the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program and the increased security measures under the Partners in Protection (PIP) program. Importers and carriers must be approved in the CSA program and must have signed a PIP memorandum of understanding to be eligible for FAST. The driver must have a valid FAST card or Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP) card.

Link: Enhancing trusted trader programs

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