DTOPS border contingency plan extended a month

WASHINGTON — The contingency plan Canadian carriers have been operating under since December for Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS) renewals has been extended until the end of February.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has agreed to allow carriers that normally pay for annual transponders to be cleared without a per crossing-arrival payment until February 28, 2009. The original deadline was Jan. 31, 2009.

The agency has experienced problems since November launching DTOPS, which has delayed renewals for carriers with transponders who pay one annual border-crossing fee.

Last month it agreed to the contingency plan put forth by the Canadian Trucking Alliance that cleared a trucker with a 2008 transponder and proof of application/payment for 2009.

The contingency plan does not affect the collection of per crossing fees for conveyances that normally pay upon arrival fees.


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