Integrated Cargo Security Strategy

Overview

As part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan commitments, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Transport Canada (TC) and the United States (U.S.) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) jointly developed the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy (ICSS) to facilitate the movement of secure cargo under the principle of "cleared once, accepted twice."

The ICSS is aimed at identifying and resolving security concerns as early as possible in the supply chain. This will allow us to reduce duplicate processes at the Canada–U.S. border. The strategy how Canada and the U.S. will work together offshore and at the perimeter, recognizing the importance of:

  • Having the same advance data requirements;
  • Receiving advance timely information for cargo shipments arriving in Canada or the U.S. from offshore;
  • Harmonizing targeting and risk assessment methods; and
  • Sharing examination results.

Pilot Projects

Montréal Pilot (Marine/Highway)

Launched on January 7, 2013, the Montréal pilot facilitates cargo entering the U.S. by truck after arriving at the Port of Montréal in Quebec.  Under the pilot, U.S.-bound cargo is subject to examination before arrival at the marine port of Montréal. This allows for examinations at the perimeter before the cargo is moved by truck to various U.S. land border crossings. 

Prince Rupert Pilot (Marine/Rail)

Launched on October 1, 2012, in collaboration with Canadian National Railway, the Prince Rupert pilot facilitates cargo entering the U.S. by rail after arriving at the Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia.  This pilot targets high-risk cargo that is destined for the U.S. before it arrives at the marine port of Prince Rupert. This allows for examinations at the perimeter before the cargo is moved by train to the U.S. land border at International Falls, Minnesota.

Tamper Evident Technology Pilot

The Tamper Evident Technology pilots were launched on October 1, 2012, in Prince Rupert and on January 7, 2013, in Montréal.  Under the pilots, containers examined and released by the CBSA in Prince Rupert and Montréal are secured with high security bolt seals. This ensures that cargo transported from the perimeter to the U.S. land border is secured and not subjected to unauthorized access. 

Pre-Load Air Cargo Targeting Pilot

Launched on October 1, 2012, the Pre-Load Air Cargo Targeting (PACT) pilot is a joint initiative between the CBSA and TC.  Under the pilot, air carriers and freight forwarders voluntarily provide the CBSA with cargo information before cargo is loaded onto an aircraft at a foreign port. This allows the CBSA and TC to assess the risk of the load for indications of threat to national security and aviation security.