Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program Changes for Highway Carriers and Importers

December 12, 2019 – Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently issued Customs Notice CN19-23 advising industry on the changes to the eligibility criteria for Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program.

CBSA has extended FAST lane eligibility to highway carriers and importers who are sole members of the Partners in Protection (PIP) program, rather than requiring them to also be members of the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) program.

The enhancement introduces two new notices that are generated pre-arrival to advise a carrier that a shipment is eligible or ineligible to use the FAST lane at the reporting port of entry. The eligible participating ports is 0410 Fort Erie, 0440 Sarnia, 0502 Emerson, 0813 Pacific Highway.  All data required to determine FAST eligibility must be submitted electronically, pre-arrival, except for the driver information. The importer on the release document must be an approved member of the PIP or PIP & CSA Trusted Trader Programs.

Details on the pre-arrival notice is found in Customs Notice CN 19-23.

Refer to Commercial reporting requirements on pre-arrival data available on CBSA’s website.