BCTA, U.S. Customs promote PAPS

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LANGLEY, B.C. — The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) and U.S. Customs are trying to increase participation in the Pre-Arrival Processing System (PAPS) at the Pacific Highway border crossing.

The BCTA was instrumental in having the PAPS pre-clearance system installed at the border crossing in July 2000, but they are surprised by the lack of participation among carriers and brokers.

To help increase awareness of the system, the BCTA Cross-border and International Issues Committee met with U.S. Customs brokers’ to discuss how to increase participation.

Solutions include identifying customs brokers who are willing to support the program, developing a common fax cover sheet that clearly identifies PAPS shipments to brokers, developing a sample letter that trucking companies can use to inform shippers they support PAPS and educating drivers to differentiate between PAPS and other systems.

The BCTA says PAPS is beneficial to carriers because it doesn’t require drivers to stop at broker offices to process documentation, as the documents are completed before the truck reaches customs.

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