Cross Border FYIs: Update your MCS150, Licence Plates with ACE
If you have commercial vehicles crossing the US border, you'll want to know about a couple of recent developments:
- The US Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has accounced it will begin enforcing a requirement for motor carriers with a US DOT number to also file Form MCS-150 with the agency. Filings should be made by December 2013, as the agency plans on enforcing the requirement as of January 2014. If any carriers have not complied, the agency will deactive their US DOT numbers as of April 1, 2014.
- US Customs and Border Protection has seen an increase in the number of trucks arriving at the border with licence plate numbers that do not match the plate number in the ACE system. It is important that any updates or changes made to licence plates for trucks and trailers need to be reported by the motor carrier to the ACE or EDI systems at the same time.
Its also worth noting that drivers can speed up the process through US Customs if they can provide the trailer plate number at the booth. Having the trailer plate number written down somewhere in the cab for easy access can mean the difference between clearing customs in seconds rather than minutes.
For more information on the above developments, please see US FMCSA to Enforce MCS-150 Requirement and Problems with Incorrect Licence-Plate Numbers in ACE by the BC Trucking Association (November 14, 2013).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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