The American Transportation Research Institute is working with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service to identify border crossing efficiency issues and solutions for enhancing processing speeds and times. ATRI’s research also is documenting the operational costs and benefits associated with using different processing systems, such as the Automated Commercial Environment Truck e-Manifest.
The research, which precedes an expected mandate of the ACE system, attempts to provide input into the role that electronic processing systems might play in relieving border delays. As part of this assessment, ATRI is conducting a national survey of motor carriers currently involved in border-crossing operations to identify border issues and opportunities.
All carrier responses will be kept strictly confidential. ATRI intends to integrate and analyze the survey responses with other research data in a comprehensive report on border crossing performance measures and program impacts. The survey can be accessed at www.truckline.com/atri/cbpsurvey.asp. Spanish versions of the survey will be made available upon request.