10 September 2010 U.S. Meat Shipments at the Border Members are aware that beginning January 4, 2010, CFIA discontinued their practice of providing advance notification of the examination of meat shipments from the U.S. Since that time, carriers have been advised by CBSA at the PIL whether or not the meat they are carrying has been selected for examination. If an examination is required, CBSA advises the carrier by affixing a stamp to the carrier's paperwork. Importers and brokers have been advised by CFIA that this process is not working, and, as a result, CFIA have proposed an alternative process. CFIA's proposal is to have all carriers report to a meat inspection facility where they will be advised if their shipment is subject to an inspection or not. This plan is not supported by trade for several reasons, one being that it could have the carrier going quite far out of his way only to be told an inspection is not required. An alternative proposal by industry involves the customs broker. After the driver has been CBSA released at the PIL, he would contact the customs broker. The customs broker would then contact CFIA and advise that the goods had been released. At that point CFIA would let the broker know if the goods were subject to an examination. With this proposal, there must also be a means to have the MCAP provided to the driver since it is required by the importer and the inspection facility, if there is an examination. All proposals are based on the understanding that they are interim solutions until there is electronic communication between CBSA and CFIA. Comments regarding these proposals are welcome, as are any alternative suggestions. All can be sent to the CSCB at cscb@cscb.ca
Elimination of the 77YY and ITN Carrier Codes
Elimination of the 77YY and ITN Carrier Codes CBSA has released guidelines for cargo and release processing once 77YY and ITN (itinerant) carrier codes are eliminated. These carrier codes will be eliminated on Friday, April 1.