Vic Toews, Canada’s minister of public safety, and Janet Napolitano, U.S. secretary of homeland security, have signed a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for a U.S. Customs and Border Protection truck cargo pre-inspection pilot project in Canada.
The deal was signed in Washington at their biannual meeting. It is a commitment made as part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.
Canadian and U.S. officials will work together to finalize the details to implement the pilot. It will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will test the concept of conducting Customs primary cargo inspection in Canada, and the second phase will further test how pre-inspection could enhance border efficiency and reduce wait times to facilitate trade.