U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) has pushed back the deadline for requiring Free And Secure Trade (FAST) certification for Border Release Advance Screening and Selectivity (BRASS) shipment drivers at certain border crossings to May 1, 2005. The compliance date had previously been Jan. 30.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Assns. had lobbied for an extension due to their concerns that driver backlogs for FAST registrations would create considerable trade disruptions had the earlier deadline remained in place.
The surge in FAST driver applications has exceeded the capacity of the FAST processing center to process the applications leading to delays and backlogs in the application process,” CBP stated in a press release.