A pilot cargo screening program underway at Canada’s Port of Prince Rupert in British Columbia allows cargo entering the facility to be screened and then freely move across the Canadian/U.S. border without further inspection.
The Prince Rupert Pilot, announced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Canadian authorities on Oct. 23, is part of the Beyond the Border pact signed by the two countries in December.
The pilot at Prince Rupert began in early October, focusing on maritime cargo arriving at Prince Rupert, that was subsequently moved via rail, entering the U.S. at International Falls, MN.
The pilot program is part of the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy, contained in the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The pilot, said CBP, focuses on harmonizing the screening process for maritime cargo between the two countries.