The old switcheroo

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Dear editor,

You stated in the story, that there is a proposal by KPMG and IRD for a system called EXPECT, under which “at an inland terminal the load and trailer to tractor connection would be electronically sealed.”

Now that’s all well and good, but hypothetically, what happens if for some unforeseen reason, one of the two units develops a mechanical glitch that causes the two units to be separated en route to the border crossing?

Can a new power unit be hooked to the trailer and be electronically re-sealed en route to ensure the original security measures?

I think this is a potential measure that should be addressed. I enjoy your magazine and look forward to each and every issue. Keep up the good work. Thanks for some great reading.

Larry A. Bradley

Guelph, Ont.

Ed: Larry, our understanding is that a switch of power units would send red flags into the air. Exactly who sees them depends on the nature of the load.

If it happens to be a shipment of pillows, probably only the fleet will see it and they can reseal when the power switch is complete.

A hazmat load will not be as simple, and may result in a much more thorough investigation at the border – especially if the fleet doesn’t notify the authorities of the switch.

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