“Free And Secure Trade” is a bilateral initiative between the United States and Canadian governments. The FAST Commercial Driver Program is designed to enhance the security of our shared borders while facilitating the legitimate flow of low-risk commerce. In developing this program, Canada and the US have agreed to harmonize, to the maximum extent possible, their commercial processes for clearance of commercial shipments at the border. This will promote free and secure trade by using common risk-management principles, supply chain security, industry partnership, and advanced technology to improve the efficiency of screening and clearing commercial traffic at our shared border. Keltic Transportation received FAST certification from the US Customs and Border Protection in June 2005 and from Canada Border Services Agency in July 2005. Presently the majority of Keltic’s drivers and owner-operators who haul loads to and from the US have secured their FAST cards.
Keltic Transportation has registered as a voluntary participant in the US “Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism” industry program. This program is intended to enhance the joint efforts of the Carrier and Customs Border Protection to develop a more secure border environment by focusing on the physical security of the production, transportation, and importation elements of the supply chain process. Keltic Transportation received its C-TPAT certification in June 2005 from the US Customs and Border Protection. Each Keltic truck that travels into the US has a C-TPAT sticker on the windshield for identification purposes at the border.
“Partners in Protection” was developed by the CBSA to foster government and industry cooperation, enhance border security and assist in the fight against the illegal movement of drugs and other contraband into Canada.
“Customs Self Assessment” is a progressive trade option for clients who invest in compliance. It is designed to give approved importers the benefits of a streamlined accounting and payment process for all imported goods. This process ends the need for importers to maintain separate and costly customs processes, allowing them to use their own business systems to fully self-assess and meet their customs obligations. It also gives approved importers and carriers and registered drivers the benefits of a streamlined clearance option for CSA eligible goods.
Keltic is proud to be a SmartWay Partner since June 2009. The U.S. EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a voluntary partnership between the government, shippers, and carriers that address greenhouse gas emissions, fuel consumption, criteria pollutants (NOX and PM), and operating costs associated with ground freight in order to improve our air quality for future generations.