Truckers Pal kiosks help with prenotification

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EDMONTON, Alta. — Truckers Pal touch screen information kiosks are being equipped with new features to help truckers comply with prenotification regulations.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations announced Nov. 15 require advanced electronic notification of cargo information including the invoice one hour before the truck arrives at the border.

This Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) is now simplified thanks to the Truckers Pal kiosks, which can be found at truck stops across Ontario. Each Truckers Pal kiosk is now equipped with fax and e-mail capabilities, allowing drivers to fax their documents or scan and send them as e-mail.

Drivers can easily locate the proper custom broker’s fax or e-mail address by simply touching the screen and then scan and send the inward manifest and invoice, says Dave Fenn, founder of the Truckers Pal. The revamped kiosks now print a receipt which confirms the item has been sent.

The Truckers Pal kiosks are operated by scan cards which are available at participating truck stops for $5 or $35. A $5 scan card is good for one day of unlimited use at the truck stop where purchased while a $35 card can be used at kiosks at all truck stops for one month.

Trucking companies may purchase scan cards in bulk by calling the company at 780-482-6651. Truckers Pal executives say Debbie Dent of D.Dent and Associates, customs help experts of Windsor, Ont. has been instrumental in launching this new initiative.

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