PeopleNet, a provider of open technology to the transportation industry for reducing cost per mile by integrating information across the entire organization, announced a new integration partner that helps drivers save time by eliminating wait time at border crossing.
“In keeping with our mission to expedite workflow, to make compliance easier and help our users optimize revenue miles driven, we’ve partnered with Easy Manifest,” said Rick Ochsendorf, PeopleNet executive vice president of operations. “Downtime at the border impairs driver productivity. Easy Manifest takes care of approval by customs agencies ahead of the driver’s arrival, so drivers know they can basically sail through the cross process.”
At least one hour prior to crossing the border, a carrier (driver or dispatch) submits their eManifest electronically to the respective border agency, either the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) if entering Canada and Custom and Border Protection (CBP) if entering the United States. The agency automatically runs the information through several filters to ensure the truck and its load can legally cross the border. If any flags are raised during this automated process, the eManifest is either rejected immediately or sent for a manual review. The system helps prevent rejection by ensuring the data entered is valid. If it is accepted, the carrier is free to proceed to the border. If the eManifest is rejected, the carrier’s representative makes changes and resubmits it prior to arrival at the border
“Easy Manifest helps take the guesswork out of eManifests and crossing the border,” said Nathan Davie, president and CEO of Easy Manifest President. “We have really simplified the process.”
The messages sent back to the computing device include acceptance and rejection, ‘Entry on File’ or ‘Entry not on File’, which tells the driver if all required documents are on file and they can proceed to the border, saving them from having to wait at truck stops for faxes from brokers and other unnecessary but common delays, he said.