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Non-Resident Importer Program allows U.S. Businesses Greater Access to Canadian Market

Pity the delivery person who attempts to deliver a package to a Canadian consumer that includes an unexpected invoice for additional taxes, duties and brokerage fees.  Few things anger Canadian consumers more than packages that arrive from the U.S. accompanied … Continue reading

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Trade Programs Expedite the US-Canada Border Process

A study of U.S./Canada border crossing delays found the average wait was 29 minutes.  But for participants in the U.S./Canada “Free and Secure Trade Program” (FAST), the wait time was only eight minutes.  The study, conducted by the International Mobility … Continue reading

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Border Compliance Provides a Competitive Edge

Growing frustration about the increasingly complex U.S./Canada border clearance process has been well documented.  But some affected businesses seem to be turning the lemons of border compliance into lemonade, using their determination to master the compliance process as a competitive … Continue reading

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ACE: Easing Cross Border Clearance Process

As anyone who regularly brings commercial goods into the U.S. knows, U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP) has been involved in a years-long undertaking to enhance border security by automating and centralizing the border processing system.  The initiative, known as the … Continue reading

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U.S. Clean Fleet Initiative Mirrors Purolator’s Greening the Fleet

When President Barack Obama announced a “National Clean Fleets Partnership,” he challenged the nation’s businesses to find ways to help reduce the nation’s reliance on foreign oil, and to “replace your old fleet with a clean energy fleet….”  The President … Continue reading

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Opposition to Service Changes for US and Canadian Truckers

Canadian truckers doing business in the United States will soon have to change their modus operandi, as a result of regulatory changes issued late last year by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). FMCSA’s new regulations, which have been … Continue reading

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TSA missed Deadline to Screen International Cargo

Maybe it wasn’t such a big deal when Transportation Security Administration head John Pistole announced that his agency would miss a December 31 deadline to begin screening 100 percent of all cargo arriving via international flights, but that the agency … Continue reading

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Message to Congress: Highways/Truckers are Top Priority

Don’t underestimate the effect of new regulations on the nation’s commerce, was the unmistakable message delivered by a contingent of shippers, carriers and trade association officials who traveled recently to Capitol Hill. The visit, which organizers named “Stand Up for … Continue reading

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New Driver Regulations Sent Holiday Chill through Trucking Industry

In a late-December announcement, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) gave the trucking industry what amounted to a lump of coal, when it finalized new rules that it claims will promote driver and highway safety. FMCSA’s action, which takes … Continue reading

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Driver Shortage Squeezes Already-Tight Capacity

It’s no secret that the recession had a serious impact on capacity – with the Internal Revenue Service reporting that as many as 3,000 carriers were forced out of business during 2008 alone – a less talked about story is … Continue reading

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