Roadway Express Inc. and Reimer Express Lines Ltd. of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Roadway's Canadian subsidiary, announced that they have signed the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) with the U.S. Customs Service and the Partners In Protection (PIP) memorandum of understanding with Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.
Both programs are part of the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Highway Carrier Application Process.
The purpose of FAST is to tighten border security while keeping the border open to the free flow of known, low-risk legitimate trade while enhancing the economic prosperity of both countries. FAST is a synchronized program between the two Customs Agencies and Immigration & Naturalization Services.
The program offers expedited clearance processes for commercial shipments crossing the border both north and south and providing a FAST lane for trucks wherever possible.
FAST said the program will promote free and secure trade by using common risk-management principles, supply chain security, industry partnership and advanced technologies to improve the efficiency of screening and clearing commercial traffic at the shared border.