Monday, October 22, 2012 by
Beginning November 1, 2012, the informed compliance period of the Canada Border Services Agency's ("CBSA") eManifest program begins. eManifest is the third phase of the Advance Commercial Information ("ACI") program, which enhances CBSA's ability to identify potential threats to Canada while facilitating the movement of low-risk shipments across the border. eManifest requires motor carriers, freight forwarders, and importers to electronically transmit cargo, conveyance, house bill/supplementary cargo, and importer data to the CBSA prior to arrival at the border.
Throughout the informed compliance period, which lasts from November 1, 2012 through May, 2013, the CBSA expects carriers to become eManifest-compliant. During this six-month period, the CBSA will not deny entry to Canada or impose penalties for eManifest non-compliance; however, beginning in May, 2013, non-compliant carriers will be subject to penalties and will be denied entry. Additional information on the implementation of eManifest can be found at http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/prog/manif/implementation-eng.html.
With the implementation of eManifest, highway carriers transporting goods into Canada are required to transmit cargo and conveyance data electronically to the CBSA prior to arrival. The cargo and conveyance data must be received and validated by the CBSA a minimum of one hour before the shipment arrives at the border.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011 by
Over the past week, national average diesel prices dropped 3.3 cents, according to the Department of Energy ("DOE"). The DOE's weekly price survey for the week of Dec. 5 shows diesel sitting at $3.931 per gallon, which will make for the second consecutive decline for diesel fuel. The decline is on the heels of last week's 4.6-cent drop reported by DOE. Diesel is now 4.4 cents a gallon higher than it was a month ago, and 73.4 cents dearer that it was this week a year ago.
The DOE says the national average price for gasoline is now at $3.29 a gallon, nearly two cents a gallon less than it was a week ago.
Meanwhile, benchmark crude oil dropped $2 per barrel in afternoon trading on Monday after rising as high as $102.44. The benchmark price ended the day about where it began, at $100.99 per barrel, up just 3 cents.
Oil prices gave up gains made earlier in the day on news that Standard & Poors could downgrade credit ratings for the wealthiest nations in Europe. Germany, France, the Netherlands, Austria, Finland, and Luxembourg are on notice that Standards & Poor is reviewing the countries' credit worthiness. Each has a one-in-two chance of a downgrade in the next 90 days, the newspaper said.
Additionally, while U.S. deals with high unemployment and slow growth, emerging-market economies are growing strongly, buying fuel by the shipload.
U.S. customers have been pulling back in part because an anemic economic recovery has left millions still looking for work. For example, in this past August U.S. drivers burned 7.7% less gasoline than four years earlier, when gasoline usage peaked.
But U.S. drivers aren't seeing much benefit in the form of lower prices because refineries on the Gulf Coast are shipping much of their output to places outside the region where the demand is higher, keeping prices high.
On-Highway Diesel Prices by Region
(Self Service Cash Price in Dollars per Gallon, Including Taxes)
East Coast: 3.934
New England: 4.036
Central Atlantic: 4.018
Lower Atlantic: 3.862
Gulf Coast: 3.828
Rocky Mountain: 4.035
West Coast: 4.105
The national average price in Canada for the week of Nov. 29 - Dec. 5, as reported by MJ Ervin & Associates, was 132.5 per liter ($4.996/USgal), down 1.6 cents per liter from the previous week. Whitehorse, Yukon had the highest price at 146.4 per liter ($5.541 US), while Calgary, Alta. Posted the lowest price in the land at 122.9 ($4.651 US).
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 by
The Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA") has issued a notice regarding the use of U.S. based equipment and drivers to perform point-to-point movements within Canada, a practice known as "cabotage." The notice does not change the applicable cabotage rules, but was instead drafted to increase awareness of cabotage rules. Based on simultaneous press releases by CBSA, cross-border motor carriers can expect increased enforcement ofthe cabotage rules which generally prohibit non-Canadian drivers from performing any point-to-point moves, but which allow U.S. based equipment to make one point-to-point move as long as the move is "incidental" to an international move.
Monday, April 25, 2011 by
Roadcheck 2011, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s ("CVSA") 72-hour safety blitz, is scheduled for June 7-9, 2011. CVSA sponsors Roadcheck with participation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, Transport Canada, and the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation (Mexico).
Roadcheck is the largest targeted enforcement program on commercial vehicles in the world, with approximately 14 trucks or buses being inspected, on average, every minute from Canada to Mexico during a 72-hour period.
Each year, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors at 1,500 locations across North America perform the truck and bus inspections.
During the 2010 Roadcheck event, CMV enforcement conducted 65,327 inspections across the U.S. Of those, almost 49,000 were Level 1. Vehicle compliance rates were about 80 percent and drivers had a 95.6 percent pass rate. Driver compliance rates in 2009 set a record at 95.7 percent.
The primary causes for placing vehicles and drivers out of service continue to be brakes and logbooks, respectively.
CVSA is made up of local, state, provincial, territorial and federal motor-carrier safety officials and industry representatives in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 by
At the urging of The Coalition for Transportation Productivity ("CTP"), the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act was reintroduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) as H.R. 763.
If passed, SETA would increase the federal weight limits on Interstate Highways. The U.S. federal weight limit has been set at 80,000 pounds since 1982 - forcing shippers that meet this limit before reaching capacity in their trailers to use more trucks and fuel. The goal of SETA is to make truck transportation safer and more sustainable by giving states the ability to adjust federal weight limits on interstates within their borders.
According to CTP, the current 80,000-lb weight limit places U.S. industry at a competitive disadvantage when compared to producers in Canada, Mexico and the European Union.
Under SETA, each state would have the option to set interstate weight limits of up to 97,000 pounds -- giving shippers the ability to utilize more truck space. The higher weight limit would only apply to trucks equipped with six axles instead of the typical five.
CTP is a coalition of more than 180 shippers and allied associations dedicated to addressing the safety, economic and environmental challenges facing our nation's freight transportation network through carefully crafted truck weight reform.
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 by
President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper met last week to kick off a longer-term negotiation on border issues. The two signed a pact Friday calling for greater United State-Canada cooperation in trade and security.
Cross-border trade between the U.S. and Canada became strained after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001. In a joint statement, the two leaders provided "We intend to work towards developing an integrated cargo security strategy that ensures compatible screening methods for goods and cargo before they depart foreign ports bound for Canada or the United States, so that once they enter the territory of either we can, together, accelerate subsequent crossings at land ports of entry."
Obama and Harper directed the creation of a United States-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC), composed of senior regulatory, trade, and foreign affairs officials from both governments.
The Canadian Trucking Alliance said it welcomed the announcement. At least once every three seconds a truck crosses the Canada-U.S. border - a border which CTA says has thickened considerably over the past decade in the wake of the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
There's no firm timetable set for when this will all happen. The Canadian and American governments will establish a "Beyond the Border Working Group" that will report back to Obama and Harper in the coming months.
Friday, October 8, 2010 by
Ignoring an information request from the Canada Border Services Agency can prove costly for a carrier holding Canadian authority. The CBSA has been sending out information requests to cross-border carriers (including those domiciled in the United States) requesting information and allowing 10 days for a response. If a response is not provided to CBSA, the agency may deactivate the carrier's "Carrier Code" without notice, meaning that the deactivated Carrier Code will likely only come to the carrier's attention when a truck arrives at the border and attempts to enter Canada. Without a Carrier Code, the carrier may not be allowed to cross into Canada. Therefore, any requests received from the CBSA should be handled promptly and should provide CBSA with all requested information.
Monday, June 21, 2010 by
As previously reported on this blog, the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd. v. Regal-Beloit Corp. involved a rail carrier. However, the case also affects motor carriers since motor carriers are also subject to the Carmack Amendment. Unfortunately, the case is not clear as to its affect on motor carriers. As noted, the issue in the case was whether the Carmack Amendment or the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act ("COGSA") applies to cargo claims arising during the inland leg of an import ocean move. The court ruled that COGSA applies. This is generally thought to be favorable to motor carriers defending cargo loss and damage claims because COGSA includes a $500 per package limitation of liability and it is possible that the entire intermodal container will be considered a package for purposes of the limitation. However, the decision raises questions with respect to whether Carmack applies to export moves that will move by steamship under a through bill of lading, or to import moves from Canada and Mexico.
Saturday, March 13, 2010 by
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently announced a postponement of the requirement for carriers to submit manifest information electronically to CBSA for shipments coming to Canada. CBSA indicated that a delay was necessary to ensure adequate testing and preparation of the systems. While CBSA indicated that the system will be available for testing as early as June 2010, the project will not be launched until September 2010. This delay will affect other transportation sectors including the importer, freight forwarder, and rail pieces of the project. The Canadian Trucking Alliance supports the delay.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 by
Effective January 1, 2009, both Ontario and Quebec began requiring that commercial motor vehicles operating within those provinces be equipped with speed limiters set at 105 km/h, which equates to 65 mph. The regulations were subject to an educational period of soft enforcement, but are now being enforced in both provinces. Importantly, the rules are not limited to vehicles based in either province. Thus, for instance, a U.S. based vehicle operating in either province pursuant to Canadian authority is subject to the commercial vehicle safety measure. Fines vary in each province. The regulations will be enforced by enforcement officers that will plug a portable testing device into the vehicle's Electronic Control Module.