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Ten U.S. ports of entry, four preclearance facilities open for optimized TN & L-1 processing

Since September, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been offering more efficient “optimized processing” of applications for TN and L-1 status from Canadian citizens at ten designated ports of entry and four preclearance facilities in Canada. But while that’s likely to mean reduced delays at the border, it’s not entirely clear that this approach is actually the best option for those seeking to obtain TN or L-1 status. Canadian...

Ebola screening in place at five U.S. airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is now taking temperatures and background information from passengers at the five airports that handle almost 95% of people traveling to the U.S. from the Ebola zone. Screening began on Saturday at JFK in New York; on Thursday it was expanded to nearby Newark Liberty, as well as Washington Dulles, Chicago O'Hare, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta international airports. The screening procedure applies to...

Federal Circuit affirms broad personal liability for “introduction” of goods into U.S. commerce by means of material false statements

Small business owners and import compliance personnel received a pointed reminder last month on the importance of being scrupulously accurate on import documents. In a September 16 en banc decision, U.S. v. Trek Leather (Slip. Op. No. 2011-1527), the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held Trek’s owner, Harish Shadadpuri, liable for gross negligence in violation of the 19 U.S.C. § 1592(a)(1) prohibition against enter...

Dashcam recording prohibited at U.S. ports of entry

Dashboard cameras, already hugely popular in Russia, are becoming more common in North America, especially on commercial vehicles. They allow trucking companies to monitor their drivers for safety and potentially avoid paying unwarranted negligence claims in the event of accidents. They’re also legal on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. But not, it appears, on the U.S. side of border crossings. While there’s been no public statement on...

Traffic down, delays up at the border

Vehicle crossings at Detroit/Windsor area ports of entry are down slightly this year, but it’s taking drivers – especially commercial truck drivers – considerably longer to get to the other side. Local residents and shipping companies are unhappy with the situation, which is blamed on a combination of inadequate staffing on the Canadian side and time-consuming security procedures in the U.S. Wait Times are frustrating Canadians who have to...