Secure Corridor Concept – Trusted Trader Pilot
The Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Secure Corridor Concept falls in line with the Agency's innovation efforts to modernize its border management processes by introducing new technologies to enhance security and to expedite the flow of legitimate trade across the border.
Launched in fall 2018 at the Ambassador Bridge Port of Entry with specific CBSA Trusted Trader Program members, the technology being evaluated includes Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers, still image cameras, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) intercoms, lane passage sensors, traffic lights and a remote command centre.
- Testing the capability of processing commercial traffic remotely.
- Expediting the passage of low-risk, trusted shipments at the land border.
- Reducing processing times by automating manual processes.
- Increasing the number of trucks passing through a port of entry.
To minimize risks and ensure a controlled environment, the Secure Corridor Concept is initially being piloted during specified operating hours, with a limited number of Trusted Trader Program members (i.e. commercial carriers) who cross frequently at the Windsor Ambassador Bridge in the FAST lane. When not in operation, the pilot lane reverts back to either a traditional FAST or commercial lane.
Eligibility for the FAST lane requires the importer and carrier to be a member of both the Partners in Protection (PIP) and Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) programs, and carry CSA eligible goods using a FAST-approved driver.
Participation in the pilot is voluntary and is supported by signed arrangements between the CBSA and the commercial carrier as well as between each driver and the CBSA.
The CBSA will monitor the performance of the Secure Corridor Concept over the life of the pilot to evaluate potential longer term permanent solutions. Options for expanding the technology to other sites across the country will also be evaluated, in consultation with the trade industry.
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