The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) is applauding the efforts of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Transport Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) for working with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials to extend the temporary in-transit process until at least March 31, 2022. The extension will continue to assist the ongoing BC flood relief efforts. More information from the agencies regarding the extension can be found here: CBSA-CBP UPDATED EMERGENCY PROTOCOLS_public
CTA recently requested the Government of Canada negotiate with US border representatives for the extension of the in-transit process until at least the spring of 2022 due to the devastation in the province. Although transit times into and out of the province remain much longer than normal, the use of the temporary process has been extremely helpful in minimizing delay times and keeping store shelves stocked to assist businesses and families during their time of need.
This announcement follows the US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also extending its flood relief exemptions to January 31, 2022, allowing continued movement of Canadian goods through the US to bypass road closures and areas in Canada cut off by flooding and landslides.
Carriers operating into BC are reporting that many roadways are currently handling much more commercial traffic and volume than normal. This will be further compounded by the potential for harsher winter weather conditions, which could be a challenge for drivers that are unfamiliar with B.C. roadways. The BC Trucking Association (BCTA) continues to work with CTA and the provincial associations by distributing information that would help prepare drivers entering B.C for these conditions.
“CTA again commends the unwavering support and cooperation by Minister Mendicino, Minister Alghabra, Minister Duclos and the staff at both CBSA, Transport Canada and CFIA throughout this crisis,” says Lak Shoan, Director of Policy and Industry Awareness Programs for CTA. “The combined efforts of the trucking industry, truck drivers and officials on both sides of the border continue to be a symbol of our sector and Ottawa’s commitment to working together during challenging times.”
CTA will continue to provide updates on the in-transit process, FMCSA exemptions and BC relief efforts in the coming weeks.