May 18, 2007

Advance processing helps speed up cross border traffic


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Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan – The new Advanced
Border Processing Center (ABpC) at the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Detroit is helping to reduce border clearance times by allowing the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to efficiently process freight before arrival and have more resources for all
international travelers, reports Transport Canada.

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.

At the Ambassador Bridge, the unique service has reduced the numbers of trucks having to report to the secondary processing facility in Windsor by approximately 75% in the first month. 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.

“We’re 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.”

The recent CBSA pre-clearance requirements mirror the process that has been in place by U.S. Customs Border Protection for the last year. For trucks headed for the Ambassador Bridge from Canada, there are ABpC’s in Lambeth and Windsor, Ontario.

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