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CTA calls shipment prenotification 'liveable'

At first glance, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says the latest rules regarding electronic prenotification of shipments into and out of the United States are "liveable," according to information from the Ontario Trucking Association (OTA).

The United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to publish the proposed rule this week, OTA said. The proposal will be open for a 30-day comment period. The new requirements are expected to come into force in early 2004.

Shipments into the United States by truck under the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) system will be subject to a 30-minute prenotification requirement before arriving at the border. For carriers using PAPS (Pre-Arrival Processing System) the prenotification interval will be one hour. In addition, US export shipments to Canada will continue to be exempt from the advance notification requirements.

CTA is currently reviewing the details of the proposed rule and will be consulting with Canadian carriers to ensure that any remaining industry concerns are brought to the attention of CBP during the 30-day comment period, OTA said.

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