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Trade Notices

FAST Truck Driver Requirements Effective November 15, 2004

On August 15, 2004, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published the “Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information” for importers, carriers, and commercial truck drivers to meet the requirements of the Trade Act of 2002. This notice is to inform truck carriers when they will be required to transmit advance electronic cargo information to CBP regarding cargo they are bringing into the United States, as mandated by section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002 and the implementing regulations.

These regulations, titled 19CFR123, specify that truck carriers carrying Border Release Advanced Screening and Selectivity (BRASS) merchandise may only utilize drivers who are registered under the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program and carrying a valid FAST Driver Card.

CBP will begin enforcing the requirements indicated in the “Required Advance Electronic Presentation of Cargo Information” November 15, 2004.

The FAST Commercial Driver Program is the result of United States, Canada and Mexico Border Partnership Action Plans. These plans are designed to enhance the security of our shared borders while facilitating the legitimate flow of low-risk commerce. These initiatives were implemented by CBP with the cooperation and assistance from the Governments of Mexico and Canada.

There are separate applications for the Northern Border FAST and Southern Border FAST programs. Applications take approximately six weeks to process for registration in the Northern Border Fast program and two weeks to process for registration in the Southern Border Fast program.

As of November 15, any BRASS shipment that is not being hauled by a FAST registered driver will be denied entry into the United States.

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