The four LTL regional subsidiaries of Con-Way Transportation Services – Con-Way Canada Express, Con-Way Central Express, Con-Way Southern Express and Con-Way Western Express – have been approved by the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) for participation in the agency's cross- border security program, Partners in Protection (PIP).
Approval in PIP for U.S. shipments destined to Canada completes Con-Way's participation in the joint U.S./Canada Free and Safe Trade (FAST) cross-border security initiative, the carrier said. The CCRA had previously approved the company for its Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program that is designed to move shipments safely and quickly into Canada.
Ann Arbor, MI-based Con-Way said future plans call for the FAST program to create a designated traffic lane at the U.S./Canada border designed to reduce inspection and clearance times. However, in order for the FAST lane to be used, every shipment on a carrier's trailer will need to be destined for a PIP- and CSA-approved importer and the carrier and driver will need to be FAST-approved.
Con-Way also noted that in early March, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection approved Con-Way for its Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) security protocol for shipments coming into the U.S. from Canada.