Trade data system to speed imports
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- Oct 20, 2000
Trucks and other carriers will be able to clear their cargo, vehicle and
crew before arriving at the U.S.-Canada border using a new electronic trade
data system, according to an agreement signed Thursday.
The International Trade Data System is slated for its first deployment
in Buffalo, N.Y., next year.
The Transportation Department's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
signed an interagency agreement Thursday with the ITDS board of directors
to participate in the system at federal ports of entry in Buffalo in 2001.
The ITDS board is led by the U.S. International Trade Commission and
includes federal agencies that collect, analyze or form policy concerning
The pilot program in Buffalo is the first planned use of ITDS, which
is part of Vice President Al Gore's National Partnership for Reinventing
Government to streamline government processes.
The Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Food and Drug Administration
and the U.S. Customs Service also will participate in the Buffalo-based
The Customs Service is leading development of ITDS, which will be consistent
with Customs' national architecture and share its systems for communicating
with the border crossing.
ITDS interfaces with government agency systems and enables advance filing
by traders and motor carriers to help federal inspectors quickly review
a truck and driver's compliance with federal requirements before entering
the United States.
When fully developed during the next five to six years, ITDS will be
the public and interagency interface for all international trade and transportation
transactions needed to move cargo into or out of the United States, according
to a DOT statement.