Cross Border

Overview

Trucking companies that move freight across international borders with Canada and Mexico face a unique set of operational issues. Not only must they comply with U.S. regulatory requirements, but they must also be familiar and comply with the transportation, customs and immigration and a number of other requirements established by countries where they do business. 

ATA's Position

ATA works to ensure that U.S. motor carriers face a level playing field when operating in international markets. ATA works to increase the efficiency of cross-border operations for motor carriers while maintaining a high level of safety and security. 

Trade Facilitation

Cross-Border processing of cargo, commercial equipment and drivers must occur in a seamless manner at ports of entry to expedite the transportation of international trade.  Such processes must be undertaken in a transparent and effective manner, ensuring that security, safety, and efficiency are provided equal consideration.  Improving cross-border efficiency at U.S. land borders is essential considering NAFTA’s growing surface trade volumes are transported primarily by truck. ​ 

Customs and Data Modernization

​U.S., Canadian and Mexican government agencies require support in automating border processes by replacing former paper-based requirements with electronic data interchange. In addition to Customs agencies, all government agencies with an interest in border transactions must change from paper to electronic transactions.​

North American Regulatory Harmonization

​Government officials in all three North American countries must harmonize requirements for equipment, people, security, and other regulations to facilitate the transportation of freight across our international borders.​

Border Infrastructure and User Fees

Federal and state government agencies must develop adequate infrastructure in and around international land-borders to accommodate the growing volumes of trade within the NAFTA region. Such infrastructure includes physical projects as well as technology improvements.​ 

Agencies must also design user-fees, for infrastructure and for inspections, based on sound policies that are related to cross-border operations at the various types of ports of entry.    ​

Equipment and Driver Operations

​We seek to improve the efficiency for the utilization of North American-based equipment and drivers for the transportation of freight throughout the region.​