For those watching the news of late you might have heard that the only road the links east and western Canada was closed on January 10, 2016 in Nipigon Ontario due to a bridge failure. This left motorists stranded on both sides of the bridge. What makes this story news worthy is that it is the single link of pavement dividing Canada. For motor carriers the news was devastating as millions of dollars of cargo take this bridge daily. On January 11, 2016 the bridge was reopened but only as a single lane leading to many delays. Additionally heavy and wide loads are not permitted to cross. There is no definitive timeline in place yet indicating when things will change. The Canadian and US governments have been at work trying to find a solution for motor carriers to easily transit through the United States. Since 9/11 this has been very difficult to do and most carriers simply don’t do it.
The USCBP has agreed to a temporary emergency contingency plan, which will allow carriers to enter the United States at specific points of entry if carriers are able to meet certain criteria. Drivers and carriers must comply with US Regulations in regards to ACE e-manifest, passport/enhanced driver licence or FAST cards, operating authorities and other regulations.
“We are extremely pleased by and appreciative of this outcome and the swiftness with which our concerns were responded to,” says David Bradley, president and CEO of the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the Ontario Trucking Association. “This will assist many truckers who are currently being impacted by the bridge problem on the Trans-Canada Highway at Nipigon, Ont.”
According to the notice from US Customs cargo can only be routed through the following border points:
- Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, MI
- The Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, MI
- Sault Ste. Marie, MI
- International Falls, MN
- Pembina, ND, or Grand Portage, MN (only from 0800-1600 at Grand Portage, MN)
Please be advised that all cargo must be entered into ACE as a T&E type bond prior to arrival with all information. Only bonded carriers will be allowed to enter under this temporary solution. All drivers and passengers must have a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document (e.g. passport, FAST card, permanent resident id, etc…) to enter the U.S.
All other participating government agencies requirements must be satisfied prior to arrival at the CBP port of entry. For shipments requiring Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Prior Notice, a paper prior notice release must be provided to CBP upon arrival. Any shipment that requires a transit permit from the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) must be obtained in advance and provided to CBP upon arrival (e.g. animals, animal products, soil, plants, plant products, etc…)
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or hazardous cargo requirements must also be met prior to arrival at the CBP POE.
Shipments that require FDA or USDA inspections may only be available during the hours of 0800-1600. Hours will vary based on the port.
All shipments are subject to examination by CBP and understand that agriculture products may undergo additional scrutiny.
If the carrier does not have the correct value of the shipment, they will be allowed to enter the value of the bond or $2.00 per pound.
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