TORONTO, Ont. — Compliance costs was the focus of the Ontario Trucking Association’s message to shippers during an IE Canada conference held in Toronto yesterday.
OTA’s Geoff Wood spoke at a panel session during IE Canada’s Emerging Issues in Customs Conference at the Renaissance airport hotel. He discussed the need for preparation for the U.S. Customs’ new Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), used to report load and conveyance data prior to arrival at the border via the Web.
“All aspects of ACE will cost money for carriers,” Wood told conference delegates. “Shippers should be prepared for increased costs associated with international transportation. Shippers need to hire brokers capable of working in the ACE environment.”
The OTA plans to continue raising awareness on ACE with shipper groups including IE Canada through presentations, meetings and the distribution of OTA’s Supply Chain Focus shippers’ newsletter.
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