CTA wants US Customs to reduce prenotification time frames

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OTTAWA, Ont. — CTA has asked U.S. Customs to reduce its proposed prenotification time frames.

The proposed time frames, published July 23 in the Federal Register require 30 minutes advance reporting for FAST shipments and one hour prenotification for non-FAST shipments.

The CTA has recommended that CPB change the ruling to 15 minutes for FAST shipments and 30 minutes for non-FAST.
In its official response to the US Bureau of Customs and Border Protection’s (CPB) proposed ruling on Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has advised the CPB that despite superiority over the earlier "strawman" proposals, the new proposed rules remain problematic in several areas.

"While the modified pre-notification time frames are more livable compared to the pre-lading requirements in the strawman proposal, there are still concerns over the ability of carriers, especially those operating in close proximity to the border and/or providing JIT service to meet the time frames specified," said David Bradley, CEO of the CTA.

"In addition, we do not feel that the costs of compliance for carriers has been appropriately determined or adequately addressed in the proposed new rules.”

Advance reporting must be done electronically, according to the proposed rule.

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