FAST crossings come to Fort Erie, upgrade in BC

FORT ERIE, ON – Border crossings in Fort Erie, Ontario could become a little faster for selected carriers.

The Canada Border Services Agency has installed a dedicated lane and inspection booth at the international Peace Bridge for those that participate in the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program. That builds on similar lanes in Windsor and Sarnia, Ontario, as well as the Pacific Highway crossing in British Columbia.

Trucks can use FAST lanes when the driver is a member of FAST or Commercial Driver Registration programs; the carrier and importer are approved under Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) and Partners in Protection (PIP); and all cargo includes CSA-eligible goods from the U.S. or Mexico.

Another FAST lane is planned for the crossing in Emerson, Manitoba, the Canada Border Services Agency says.

It isn’t the only FAST-related change at Canada’s border crossings. Those using the Pacific Highway crossing in Surrey, British Columbia will also find new traffic signals installed at the primary inspection booths.

The port is introducing a “FAST-1st” model based on the processes already in place for southbound traffic into Blaine, Washington. A dedicated FAST inspection booth has also been closed, allowing any vehicle to pass through any booth.

Trusted traders can still access a dedicate lane on the approaching highway, and will be given priority when reaching the traffic signals.



John G. Smith is the editorial director of Newcom Media's trucking and supply chain publications -- including Today's Trucking,, TruckTech, Transport Routier, Inside Logistics, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Road Today. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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