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The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program

FAST

What is the FAST program?

The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a joint Canada-U.S. initiative involving the Canada Border Services Agency, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

FAST supports moving pre-approved eligible goods across the border quickly and verifying trade compliance away from the border.

It is a harmonized commercial process offered to pre-approved importers, carriers, and registered drivers. Shipments for approved companies, transported by approved carriers using registered drivers, will be cleared into either country with greater speed and certainty, and at a reduced cost of compliance.

In Canada, FAST builds on the Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) program and its principles of pre-approval and self-assessment, as well as increased security measures under the Partners in Protection (PIP) program.

FAST includes aligning the requirements of Canada's PIP program and the U.S. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. As part of these programs, companies will have to adopt and implement security procedures to be compatible with guidelines set by both customs agencies.

What are the benefits of the FAST program?

FAST, based on sound risk management techniques, focuses on greater speed and certainty at the border and reduces the cost of compliance by:

  • Reducing the information requirements for customs clearance
  • Eliminating the need for importers to transmit data for each transaction
  • Dedicating lanes for FAST clearances
  • Reducing the rate of border examinations
  • Verifying trade compliance away from the border
  • Streamlining accounting and payment processes for all goods imported by approved importers (Canada only)

Who is eligible to apply?

There are three major participant groups who are eligible for FAST - importers, carriers and drivers. FAST will be available to those participants who have a demonstrated history of compliance with all relevant legislation and regulations, and have acceptable books, records and audit trails.

Where is FAST available?

Currently, Canada and the United States jointly offer expedited Customs clearance processes to pre-authorized drivers, carriers and importers at the following twelve major border crossings:

  • Stanstead (55), Quebec / Derby Line, Vermont
  • St. Armand/Philipsburg, Quebec / Highgate Springs, Vermont
  • Lacolle, Quebec / Champlain, New York **Dedicated FAST Lane Southbound only**
  • Lansdowne, Ontario / Alexandria Bay, New York
  • Queenston, Ontario / Lewiston, New York
  • Fort Erie, Ontario / Buffalo, New York
  • Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan
  • Sarnia, Ontario / Port Huron, Michigan **Designated FAST Lane**
  • Emerson, Manitoba / Pembina, North Dakota
  • North Portal, Saskatchewan / Portal, North Dakota
  • Coutts, Alberta / Sweetgrass, Montana
  • Pacific Highway, British Columbia / Blaine, Washington

In addition to the above, plans are being developed to have all major commercial crossings FAST capable by the end of 2004.

Where are FAST Driver Enrolment Centres located?

Currently, there are ten FAST commercial driver enrolment centres located at the following locations:

  • Woodstock, New Brunswick / Houlton, Maine
  • Stanstead (55), Quebec / Derby Line, Vermont
  • Lacolle, Quebec / Champlain, New York
  • Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan
  • Fort Erie, Ontario / Buffalo, New York
  • Sarnia, Ontario / Port Huron, Michigan
  • Emerson, Manitoba / Pembina, North Dakota
  • North Portal, Saskatchewan / Portal, North Dakota
  • Coutts, Alberta / Sweetgrass, Montana
  • Pacific Highway, British Columbia / Blaine, Washington

Note: The enrolment centres are physically located at the bolded location.

Locations and Hours of Service

Please Note: Enrollment centers will be closed on all Canadian and United States statutory holidays, as well as, Christmas Eve and New Years Eve.

Enrollment Center Sites Location of
Enrollment Centers
Hours of Service
Woodstock, New Brunswick/
Houlton, Maine
1403 Route 95
Belleville, New Brunswick
E7M 4Z9
Tel: (506) 325-3199
Toll Free: 1 866 930-3278
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Atlantic Time
Stanstead (55), Quebec
Derby Line,
Vermont
107 I-91 South Derby Line,
Vermont
05830
Tel: (802) 873-3219
Tuesday and Thursday
8 a.m. 4 p.m.
Eastern Time
By appointment only
(819) 876-7821
Lacolle,Quebec/
Champlain, New York
I-87
U.S. Customs
Truck Cargo Inspection Facility
198 West Service Rd.
Champlain, NY 12919
Tel: (518) 298-7220
Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Eastern Time
Fort Erie, Ontario/
Buffalo, New York

**Joint FAST/NEXUS**
Joint FAST/NEXUS Enrollment Center
Commercial Vehicle Processing Centre
10 Central Avenue
Fort Erie, Ontario
L2A 6G6
Tel: (905) 994-6546
Monday, Tuesday, and Friday:
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Wednesday and Thursday:
9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday:
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Eastern Time
Windsor, Ontario/
Detroit, Michigan
Ambassador Bridge
FAST Enrollment Centre
4285 Industrial Drive
Windsor Ontario
N9C 3R9
Tel: (519) 967-4052
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Eastern Time

Saturday
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Eastern Time
Sarnia, Ontario/
Port Huron, Michigan

Blue Water Bridge
U.S. Customs
Truck Cargo Inspection Facility
2nd Floor, 2321 Pine Grove Ave.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Tel: (810) 985-9541, ext. 261

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Eastern Time

Saturday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Eastern

Emerson, Manitoba/
Pembina, North Dakota

U.S. Customs Building
10980 Suite 2 Highway 29
Pembina, North Dakota
58271
Tel: (701) 825-6551

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Central Time

North Portal, Saskatchewan/
Portal, North Dakota

U.S. Customs Building
301 West Railway
Portal, North Dakota
58271
Tel: (701) 926-5670
(701) 926-4411

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Central Time

Coutts, Alberta/
Sweetgrass, Montana

U.S. Customs Commercial Building
1-15
Sweetgrass, Montana
59484
Tel: (406) 335-9610
ext. 617 and 618

Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Mountain Time

Pacific Highway, British Columbia/
Blaine, Washington

**Joint FAST/NEXUS**
U.S. Customs
9901 Pacific Highway
Blaine WA 98230
Tel: (360) 332-2380
Monday to Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Pacific Time

For more information

Telephone: 866-340-FAST (3278)
Fax: 613 957-9562

FAST into Canada

fast-expres@ccra-adrc.gc.ca

FAST into the United States

industry.partnership@customs.treasdhs.gov




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