The latest initiative in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, issued by US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper in 2011, has been announced. Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York has been officially launched.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with Public Safety Canada and Canada Border services Agency (CBSA) announced the launch which will test the concept of conducting CBP primary inspection of US-bound truck cargo in Canada. DHS states that the pilot is expected to better manage their shared border by reducing congestion and allowing for faster crossings for travelers and trucks while maintaining security.

“The commencement of this pilot is another key Beyond the Border success,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “The joint efforts of the United States and Canada are key to expediting the secure flow of commerce and improving the economic opportunity of our two countries.”

Phase II of the pilot will test for wait times and congestion. The goal is to streamline the flow of cross-border trade by pre-inspection of cargo trucks which includes radiation screening and basic primary processing. DHS states that if secondary inspections are required, these will continue to be conducted at the US port of entry.

Phase I, conducted in June of 2013, tested the process of placing CBP officers in Canada to pre-inspect selected US-bound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to their arrival.

More on the testing of Phase II can be found at DHS.gov.

The latest initiative in the Beyond the Border Action Plan, issued by US President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Harper in 2011, has been announced. Phase II of the truck cargo pre-inspection pilot at the Peace Bridge crossing between Fort Erie, Ontario and Buffalo, New York has been officially launched.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in partnership with Public Safety Canada and Canada Border services Agency (CBSA) announced the launch which will test the concept of conducting CBP primary inspection of US-bound truck cargo in Canada. DHS states that the pilot is expected to better manage their shared border by reducing congestion and allowing for faster crossings for travelers and trucks while maintaining security.

“The commencement of this pilot is another key Beyond the Border success,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “The joint efforts of the United States and Canada are key to expediting the secure flow of commerce and improving the economic opportunity of our two countries.”

Phase II of the pilot will test for wait times and congestion. The goal is to streamline the flow of cross-border trade by pre-inspection of cargo trucks which includes radiation screening and basic primary processing. DHS states that if secondary inspections are required, these will continue to be conducted at the US port of entry.

Phase I, conducted in June of 2013, tested the process of placing CBP officers in Canada to pre-inspect selected US-bound trucks, drivers and cargo prior to their arrival.

More on the testing of Phase II can be found at DHS.gov.

For the past 14 years, Tanzania has been issuing Certificates of Origin manually to local exporters – a system that was tedious and paper-based.   Recently, Tanzania launched a modernized issuance system, dubbed the electronic issuance of Certificate of Origin (e-CO), with the goal of easing the workload for all involved with local exports.

The new system will be able to assist all parties, from customs administrators to freight forwarders, in saving time and money and increasing security. Daily News states that the system will also help to remove Non Trade Barriers related to the issuance of certificates of origin.

“Many African countries are increasingly trading in preferential or duty and quota free markets and that will be made cheaper with the application of the e-CO,” said Mussa Uledi, the secretary at the Ministry of Trade.

The application of e-CO is a big move for the African nation; according to Daily News, Tanzania will be the first country to incorporate the system in East and Central Africa.