WINDSOR, Ont. -- The new Advanced Border Processing Center in Detroit makes compliance with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) mandatory line release guidelines easier for the trucking community, says the Ambassador Bridge.
The ABPC is available in person at the Ambassador Bridge and electronically. The service is said to reduce the numbers of trucks having to report to the secondary processing facility in Windsor by approximately 75 percent in the first month.
The new processing center helps truckers better navigate
the many line release clearance options at the border.
Typically, 700-800 trucks per day would be forwarded to the secondary facility. In April, on average 100 trucks per day were sent to the offsite facility located on Huron Church Road and Industrial Drive in Windsor, says Ambassador officials.
The service helps reduce border clearance times by allowing CBSA to efficiently process freight before arrival and have more resources for all international travelers. In addition to helping commercial traffic navigate the many line release clearance options (including CSA/FAST, PARS, FIRST, A49, Post-Audit and In-Bond) CBSA provides a resource person at the ABPC to provide additional assistance and guidance for carriers.
"We are thrilled to see so many people arriving at the bridge prepared," said Dan Stamper, president of the Ambassador Bridge. "This allows all traffic-both commercial and non-commercial -- to enjoy a more efficient, less congested crossing."
Adds Pete DiPonio, regional director general, CBSA, Windsor and St. Clair Region: "It allows us the time to review each carrier thoroughly before they arrive."
Only those commercial importations that are not able to use line release clearance options will be exceptions and will continue to be processed at the offsite facility.
The recent CBSA pre-clearance requirements mirror the process that has been in place by US Customs Border Protection for the last year.