Border Security FAQs
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What is FAST?
FAST is the acronym for “Free and Secure Trade.” It is a bilateral initiative between the United States and Canada and the United States and Mexico that gives partnering importers expedited release at national borders when transportation is by truck. It is for qualifying commercial shipments through risk-management principles, supply-chain security, industry partnerships and advanced targeting. Obtain copies of our FAST certificate.
Are YRC Worldwide companies C-TPAT-, FAST- and PIP-certified?
Yes. View our certifications.
How do I sign up?
You must first be enrolled in C-TPAT (for U.S. companies) or PIP (for Canadian companies). Then, an officer of your company must sign and submit a Memorandum of Understanding to the government.
What is C-TPAT, PIP?
C-TPAT stands for “Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism,” and PIP stands for “Partners in Protection.” C-TPAT is a program of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and PIP is a program of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
How do I sign up? How difficult is it?
This depends on the size of your company and your existing security measures. Examples of security measures include: procedural security, trailer seals reconciliation, physical security, personnel security, education and training, manifest procedures and conveyance procedures. It’s mandatory for all eligible C-TPAT participants to use the C-TPAT Security Link Internet Portal for application and communication with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
What are the steps involved in signing up for FAST?
- Sign a Memorandum of Understanding.
- Complete the supply-chain security profile questionnaire. C-TPAT and PIP are prerequisites to obtain FAST certification. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will provide a supply-chain security specialist to help you through your security process and identify any gaps. The government expects documented, verifiable security programs, consistent with C-TPAT minimum security criteria.
What are the consequences of not signing up?
Importers who are not approved for C-TPAT (U.S. companies) or PIP (Canadian companies) will lose their approved status for other Customs programs even if they are already participating. Programs that require participants to be PIP- or C-TPAT-certified include: Customs existing programs, such as Importer Self Assessment, Low Risk Importers, Customs Self Assessment (CSA), Free and Secure Trade (FAST), Advance Commercial Information, Automated Commercial Environment and National Customs Automation Program (ACE/NCAP).
What are the advantages of being a FAST, C-TPAT or PIP importer?
- Secure supply chain
- Reduced number of inspections
- Reduced border clearance times
- Protection of company name and reputation
- Reduced cost of compliance with customs requirements
- Corporate citizenship and commitment to supply-chain security
- Dedicated lanes at designated crossing points for greater speed and efficiency in clearing FAST cross-border shipments. If there is another terrorism incident, FAST participants would be first in line for shipment clearance.
- Strong and continuing partnership with Canada and U.S. Customs administrations
- Open door for future Customs programs
- Opportunity to identify other certified supply-chain partners with whom you can do business
Can you quantify savings?
Being a FAST, C-TPAT or PIP importer saves time at the border. It avoids delays during inspections and expedites the flow of goods. It may give your company access to the FAST lane. There could be a possible reduction in loss, damage and pilferage of your goods.
What’s the difference between how goods move today vs. in the future?
It’s voluntary today. Those that don’t sign up will be in the “slow” line for Customs clearance. Today, paper and some information exchange with Customs via EDI move goods; tomorrow, Canada and U.S. Customs will require electronic transmission of shipping information. The U.S./Canadian governments want to push the border back to the origin of the goods, and they want information pre-arrival to the border and pre-registration/certification (supply chain). When customers sign up on C-TPAT or PIP, they can use any highway transportation provider that is FAST-certified and any other mode that is C-TPAT- or PIP-certified.
Does C-TPAT, PIP eliminate the need for a broker?
No. When you sign the Memorandum of Understanding, you are committing to communicate that everyone in the supply chain has signed up. You must ask your broker to apply for participation in C-TPAT or PIP or find a broker who is already certified.
What is NCAP?
The National Customs Automation Program is an automated and electronic system for processing commercial imports.
When must FDA receive prior notice?
You must submit the notice electronically, and the FDA must approve your shipment no more than 5 days and no less than 8 hours for food arriving by water; 4 hours for food arriving by air or rail; and 2 hours for food arriving by truck before the food is at the arrival port.
Who can submit notice?
Any individual with knowledge of the required information may submit the notice, including, but not limited to, brokers, importers and U.S. agents.