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, License Plate Readers (LPR), 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 the lane
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.
In order to use the Secure Corridor lane, the importer and carrier are required 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 pilot participant.
Hours of operation
Regular hours of operation are as follows:
- Monday to Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
- Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The CBSA continues to innovate through the Secure Corridor Concept and 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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