Customs FAST certification expedites cross-border shipments.
FAST is THE Premier Cross-Border Customs Program
The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a joint initiative between the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB). It enhances border and trade chain security by ensuring compliance through certification and, in return, makes cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays.
Eligible goods arriving for certified companies and transported by approved carriers using registered drivers are cleared into Canada or the United States with greater speed and certainty, resulting in reduced costs. Dedicated FAST lanes mean shorter waits. This is particularly important at the busiest crossings: the Ambassador, Peace, Queenston/Lewiston and Blue Water bridges. Where there are no dedicated lanes, and in times of increased security alert, FAST shipments also jump queue, moving ahead of other shipments waiting to cross the border.
Descartes MSR Customs Can Help You Get FAST Certified
Drawing on 28 years of experience, Descartes MSR Customs can help you gain the benefits of FAST. We help U.S. based companies achieve the prerequisite C-TPAT accreditation. In Canada, in addition to prerequisite PIP accreditation, we also help companies prepare for and become Customs Self-Assessment (CSA) participants:
- Assessing the adequacy of compliance and security policies, procedures, and controls.
- Helping implement recommended security and systems improvements.
- Providing necessary systems and technologies.
- Preparing government application and navigating certification processes.