June 8, 2016
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced a pilot program to allow commercial trucks to prepay the single-crossing user fee online prior to arrival at certain ports of entry. The pilot will begin at the Buffalo, Detroit and El Paso ports of entry and last for approximately one year.
CBP requires all trucks crossing into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico to pay the user fee to offset border inspections costs.
Carriers or their agents will be able to make single-crossing user fee online payments through the Decal/Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS) website. The mobile-friendly DTOPS website design allows users to pay online using their smartphones. CBP is also developing a DTOPS app for smartphones.
To make a payment, users will set up an account in DTOPS, register their vehicle(s), select the single-crossing payment option and checkout with the secure online payment system. DTOPS will confirm payment by providing an electronic receipt. Single-crossing online payments are good until December 31 of the year purchased.
Cash and credit card payments will continue to be accepted at the border, but carriers who pay upon arrival may experience additional delays.
More information about commercial truck user fee online payments for single crossings and for annual transponder purchases is available at https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov