Washington scraps straw man proposal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Customs Service has backtracked on a proposal that would require carriers to provide information about their loads four hours in advance of crossing the U.S. border.

The ‘straw man’ proposal would have required Canadian carriers to provide at least four hours advanced notice to U.S. Customs while Canadian-bound trucks would have to provide 24 hours notice.

Industry representatives were critical of the plan from the get-go, insisting the proposal would be devastating for carriers specializing in Just-in-Time deliveries.

A new proposal is now in the works – one that will be based on recommendations from groups representing carriers and shippers in Canada and the U.S.

Food shipments, however, will still be affected by a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal that requires advanced notification of food shipments that are entering the U.S.

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