CBSA to Remove Truck Turnaround Policy for Major ACI AMPs Offenses on Nov. 2

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The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) was informed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) the truck turnaround pilot for major Advanced Commercial Information (ACI) related offenses will be removed at all ports of entry on November 2, 2020 in the highway mode.

The truck turnaround policy was first put in place as a collaborative effort by CBSA and CTA in 2017, because of the frequency and severity of administrative monetary penalties (AMPs) that were being issued by CBSA to carriers crossing the border. The turnaround allowed carriers to avoid costly monetary penalties for failure to submit ACI data by allowing a truck driver to return to the U.S. and submit their paperwork before entering Canada.

Since the policy was first implemented, CBSA and CTA have been working jointly to address concerns around compliance and issues with the AMPs regime expressed by carriers across the country. During this time, compliance levels in the industry have continued to increase, with CBSA implementing additional measures and conducting extensive outreach to better educate and work with carriers, before monetary penalties are issued.

CBSA believes it has made the necessary changes to their compliance framework to address the concerns expressed by the trucking industry, including the central review of penalties and increased outreach on compliance issues, to effectively deal with the minority of carriers that have recurring issues. The Alliance will continue working with CBSA over the next several months to monitor CBSA’s approach to ensure that regression in compliance or the unwarranted issuing of penalties from the agency, do not become a recurring issue.

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