FAST Expands to Fort Erie; Changes at Pacific Highway Increasing benefits for Trusted Traders

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that a new dedicated Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lane and inspection booth have opened at the Fort Erie, ON, port of entry. The new FAST lane provides eligible commercial vehicles with expedited passage and reduced wait times.

At the same time, the Pacific Highway port of entry in Surrey, BC, has modified its existing FAST lane and booth to a new model called “FAST-1st”, which uses lighting and queuing technology to provide pre-qualified vehicles with priority access. A dedicated approach lane leading to the border will reduce wait times for Trusted Trader members.

FAST is a joint Canada–U.S. initiative to enhance border and trade security while making cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays. FAST gives members of the CBSA Trusted Trader programs access to dedicated lanes and booths at specified ports of entry that allow them priority access to the border and expedited clearance. FAST lanes and booths are also in operation in Sarnia and Windsor, ON.

Later in 2017, the CBSA will enhance FAST member benefits by expanding the eligibility criteria for FAST lane use to include members of either of the CBSA’ s trusted trader programs, i.e. Partners in Protection or Customs Self-Assessment. Currently, the FAST lanes are only accessible to those who are members of both programs.

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