U.S. Customs and Border Protection has begun the first phase of a truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Pacific Highway crossing in Blaine, Wash., adjacent to Surrey, British Columbia.
The project is a collaborative effort by CBP, Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety Canada under the U.S. and Canadian “Beyond the Border: A Share Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness” initiative. Transport Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Transport are also participating in the pilot.
The first phase of the pilot is designed as a “proof of concept” to determine the viability of assigning Customs officers to Canadian border crossings to pre-inspect southbound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to arrival into the U.S. It will also test the viability of developed technologies and joint U.S.-Canada procedures to conduct truck processing in Canada. In addition, Customs will monitor wait times and provide traffic mitigation as needed.
The pilot will continue in Blaine for up to six months. The second phase will test the feasibility of reducing cargo wait times.