ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Con-Way Transportation Services has been approved by the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) for participation in the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program.
The company says it has received CCRA approval for its less-than-truckload (LTL) carriers – Con-Way Central Express, Con-Way Western Express and Con-Way Canada Express. Conway’s expedited freight carrier, Con-Way NOW, was previously approved for participation in CSA.
CSA approval means that bar-coded identification cards will tell Canada Customs officials at the border that Con-Way, the truck driver and the importer of the freight load have all been approved. After identification verification, there is typically no other documentation check.
“Participation in Customs Self Assessment is a very important step for Con-Way and our customers, says Douglas Stotlar, Con-Way’s executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “We want our customers’ shipments to be as secure as possible and also move into Canada efficiently. CSA accomplishes both.”
The CSA program has been in development since 1998, at the urging of the auto industry and other big importers. It’s part of a joint U.S.-Canada cross-border security initiative started in 2001. The program involves an extensive three-part application and approval process in which carriers that want to participate in CSA have to provide proof of security measures and policies, numerous business processes including shipment tracing protocols, service locations, systems information and personnel policies.
Con-Way had to invest in information technology, personnel training, driver registrations and communication to obtain CSA approval, but did not divulge specific costs.
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