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3 Benefits of Customs Self Assessment (CSA) Certification

  • Dec 13, 2019
  • Madeline S.

The Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program is designed to allow low-risk, pre-approved carriers, and drivers to go through Canadian borders easier. This program essentially shifts customs accounting and payments to a monthly reporting approach rather than a single transaction method. This allows certified drivers to move between the U.S. and Canadian border more efficiently, saving time and money.


There are tons of benefits of becoming CSA certified, from streamlining customs paperwork to having access to the FAST program. Here are a few of the best advantages of obtaining a Customs Self Assessment certification.


Improved Efficiency at Customs

Anyone that has ever traveled across the border knows what a headache customs can be. For truck drivers, being stuck at long wait times eats into precious work hours and can cost them income. Being a CSA approved driver keeps customs paperwork to a minimum and allows the driver to enter the country without having to clear the load.


Access FAST Program

The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program provides dedicated lanes to members in Canada and the U.S. as well as accelerated customs and immigration processing. Being CSA certified grants carriers and approved driver’s access to FAST lanes, which speed up the border crossing process.


Reduced Enforcement and Compliance Inspections

Border service officers can inspect all goods entering and leaving Canada. Getting stopped can severely slow down transportation times. To become CSA certified, carriers have to undergo a rigorous screening process. However, that means that border services are less likely to stop and randomly inspect CSA certified loads when crossing the border.


Want to Learn More?

There are many advantages of becoming a Customs Self Assessment certified importer, carrier, and driver. The CSA certification makes the entire customs process smoother and more efficient. If you need help becoming certified, contact AVAAL today. We specialize in helping trucking business achieve a number of transportation certifications.