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Canada Customs seeks input on FAST

TORONTO, Ont. -- The CBSA is inviting carriers, importers and intermediaries to participate in a series of consulta...


TORONTO, Ont. — The CBSA is inviting carriers, importers and intermediaries to participate in a series of consultative sessions on the FAST program.

The consultations are in response to suggestions by some members of the trade community that the current FAST requirements prohibit a broad base of low risk importers from benefiting from expedited clearance and the use of dedicated lanes where available.

As a consequence, CBSA/FAST reps will be holding consultative sessions in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, Fredericton and Halifax. In addition to these sessions, meetings will be held with existing and applicant Customs Self Assessment (CSA)/FAST importers to obtain their input.

Two of the six anticipated sessions have been scheduled, as follows:

* Feb. 10: Radisson President Hotel and Suites, 8181 Cambie Road, Richmond, B.C.
* Feb. 16: Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, 655 Dixon Rd., Toronto, Ont.

Both sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and end by 4 p.m.

As seating will be limited, those interested in participating are asked to confirm their attendance by contacting Ms. Brigitte Chouinard by e-mail at Brigitte.Chouinard@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca or by telephone at (613) 948-3142.


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