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CBP and CBSA Joint Updated Emergency Protocols

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CBP and CBSA Joint Updated Emergency Protocols in Response to Flood Situation in British Columbia

Due to extreme weather conditions in British Columbia, Canada that have caused flooding, landslides, road closures, and other supply chain disruptions Canadian domestic truck carriers may need to transit through the U.S. to reach destinations in Canada.  Any Canadian carriers that currently operate between the U.S. and Canada as well as domestically are encouraged to follow the standard procedures for transit, including the advance filing of an electronic truck manifest and utilization of an in-bond or in-transit transaction.  This will facilitate crossing and decrease delay at the border that will be caused by these temporary measures.

The requirements below are designed to be utilized by Canadian domestic truck carriers that don’t normally cross the border in the normal course of their business as well as providing some guidance to international carriers carrying Canadian domestic shipments during the duration of these procedures.

  • All equipment, trailers and containers moving under these procedures must be sealed at or before arrival at the U.S. border. These seals should be clearly identified to CBP and CBSA for verification and inspection as necessary.
  • Any Canadian carriers that currently operate between the U.S. and Canada as well as domestically are expected to follow the standard procedures for transit, including the advance filing of an electronic truck manifest and utilization of an in-bond or in-transit transaction. This applies to both rail and truck carriers.
  • This will facilitate crossing and decrease delay at the border that will be caused by these temporary measures.
  • If a carrier is using automated methods of transmission under these procedures, the data available for those shipments may not be the same as for cargo intended for import into the U.S. To mitigate this, carriers should describe the merchandise in general (i.e. foodstuffs, groceries and other products destined to Canadian stores, moving through the U.S. due to flooding emergency).
  • For Transportation and Exportation (T&E type 62) in-bond shipments filed electronically and moving under these procedures, the general description above applies and 9804.00 may be used for the required HTSUS number and value should be estimated based on shipping valuation. If necessary and no values are known, $2 (USD) per pound may be used for this process.
  • CBP will exercise maximum flexibility regarding these domestic freight shipments. It is recommended that carriers have normal clearance documents readily available such as bill of lading, invoices, etc. to facilitate clearance.
  • Consolidated express carriers may file a single bill of lading electronically, as per the regulations, using a general description (i.e. consolidated express shipments destined to Canada moving in-transit through the U.S. due to the flooding emergency), under a single type 62 (T&E) in-bond as described above.

For full notice, click here.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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