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February 2019
Cocaine bust in Alberta
At the Sweetgrass / Coutts border crossing into Alberta a transport truck was
pulled over for secondary screening because the driver was on the CBSA radar
as suspected of involvement in drug trafficking. During inspection the CBSA
border officers came across 83 one-kilogram bundles of cocaine stashed in
different locations within the cab area. The cocaine, valued at $5 million, was
found behind the microwave, under a mattress, in a duffel bag and inside the two
jockey boxes. Upon the truck being returned from the impound lot to the truck’s
owner, there was a further 17 one-kilogram packages that had apparently not
been found during inspection at the border. The 54-year-old driver was from
British Columbia and the junior driver, 32 years old, resides in Ontario. The
younger driver was new to Canada and to trucking, barely spoke English and
needed a translator during the inspection, questioning and trial. Both drivers
claimed that they were completely unaware of the cocaine being in the truck.
During the trial it was concluded that there was not enough hard evidence such
as DNA or fingerprints to prove beyond reasonable doubt that these two drivers
had anything to do with the placement of the cocaine in the truck. It was
concluded that the younger driver’s charges of possession with the intent to
traffic and importation of drugs into Canada were dismissed and the senior
driver, 54, his charges were stopped due to his passing away. I chose not to
identify names in this article out of respect to the families related to the death of
one of the drivers.
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July 23, 2018
Notice - Cannabis
Despite the fact that cannabis (marijuana) will become legal and regulated in Canada in the near future, it will remain illegal to take cannabis across Canada’s national borders, whether you are entering or leaving Canada. 


Gord Downie passed away this morning, October 18, after a long battle with brain cancer. 
"Went back to bed this morning
And as I'm pullin' down the blind,
Yeah, the sky was dull and hypothetical
And fallin' one cloud at a time" God Rest Your Soul Gord Downie, Tragically Hip, always to be remembered.


By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
 
April 11, 2017
 
Urgent Terror Alert for Truck Drivers
Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, April 7, 2017, a terrorist stole a company's and used it to try to murder innocent civilians walking in the streets of Stockholm. In this has not been experienced before and was completely a shock to everyone there. During this many similar incidents have happened, specifically in Berlin, Germany, Nice, France, and London, England. The US CBP Department of Homeland Security, Officer Dan Bauer from the JFK International Airport office, has issued an urgent notice to all truck drivers, owner transportation companies to be “..Vigilant and see that their drivers and vehicles are not in jeopardy of falling victim to such diabolical actions.”   Please see the following preventative measures suggested by this Officer:
  1. Maintain regular communication with your dispatcher.
  2. If rest stops are necessary, park in areas where other truckers are present. Thieves don’t like crowds.
  3. Do not stop on dark freeways or deserted areas while waiting to make deliveries.
  4. Make it a point to stop at only reputable truck stops along your route. And don’t stop at the same location every time.
  5. Be aware of vehicles that are following your truck and of strangers asking questions about your load.
  6. Be suspicious of individuals making you stop as a result of an alleged traffic collision. Hijackers frequently use this ruse to get drivers to stop. If you are unsure whether a crash has occurred, drive to a well-lit busy location before stopping.
  7. Always lock your tractor doors and make sure all trailer and container doors are secured with a heavy padlock. Keep your tractor windows up until you are on the open road or freeway.
  8. Be especially watchful immediately after picking up your load. The majority of armed hijacking occur within a few miles of the point of pickup. Freeway on/off ramps particularly dangerous.
  9. If you are hijacked or you find that your load has been stolen, immediately notify the local (dial 911) and then your dispatcher.
  10. If you are hijacked, always and immediately do as instructed by the thieves, but also listen to what is being said and the sounds around you. It may provide law enforcement with valuable information on where your vehicle was taken to.
  11. Try to provide a description of the suspect(s) and the vehicle(s) used by the suspects.
  12. Carry information on your person concerning the ID of the tractor and trailers including license numbers. Law enforcement can’t report your truck stolen without this information.
  13. Do not talk about your load on the radio. Cargo thieves can and do listen to your conversations.
 
As per US CBP DHS Officer Dan Bauer, all of us can fall prey to terrorists, we need to keep diligent in our day-to-day practices to ensure everyone’s safety.
 
Dan’s further comments:  “Thank for your continued participation in this important effort by the program to maintain secure trade in a safe supply chain. Your input, vigilance, and been critical to our successes up to this point.  A long road is still ahead but we are confident that with your help we will get to where we need to be.”
 
For more information about transportation and aiding in the fight against drug smuggling, safety & compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, please contact Services at www.crossborderservices.ca   dawntruell@gmail.com

 

By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
February 19, 2017

Rippling Effects on Canada/USA Borders from Trump’s Travel Ban 

Facts: Trump’s Executive Order reads: 
“The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation's borders, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States, and to repatriate illegal aliens swiftly, consistently, and Travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries: Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa; visa interviews will not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall immediately take actions to ensure the detention of aliens apprehended for violations of immigration law pending the outcome of their removal proceedings or their removal from the country to the extent permitted by law.5,000 Additional Border Patrol Agents are being assigned.”

Canadian Immigration Minister state that Ottawa was not given any warning of the U.S. Travel Ban Executive was not prepared for the current travel issues. Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents with a valid permanent residency card and passport are not subject to the U.S. travel ban. It to those transiting through Canada from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Minister has also reassured those who may be stranded in Canada that he will use his authority as Minister to issue temporary residency in Canada if needed. It is important to note that Canadian passports do not disclose dual citizenship. They do include a person’s place of birth, but that is not necessarily related to citizenship.

Air Canada and WestJet are complying with the executive travel ban order ensuring that all are carrying the required entry documents.

Hundreds of Americans are fleeing into Canada as both refugees and immigration applicants through our Canadian borders both by land and air. The Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website has been crashing due to overload. 

There are delays at all Canada/USA border entry points due to required documentation for crossing. There have been numerous reports of people being stranded at border points and airports, please ensure that you are prepared with a backup plan for a hotel stay in the area. 

For information regarding the proper documentation required for travel in and out of Canada and the USA or for Consular Assistance please contact Services at 888-838-9136, www.crossborderservices.ca or email me at dawntruell@gmail.com. 

By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
February 19, 2017
 
Rippling Effects on Canada/USA Borders from Trump’s Travel Ban
 
Facts: Trump’s Executive Order reads:
“The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies to deploy all lawful means to secure the Nation's borders, to prevent further illegal immigration into the United States, and to repatriate illegal aliens swiftly, consistently, and Travelers who have nationality or dual nationality of one of these countries: Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, will not be permitted for 90 days to enter the United States or be issued an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa; visa interviews will not be scheduled for nationals of these countries during this period. The Secretary of Homeland Security shall immediately take actions to ensure the detention of aliens apprehended for violations of immigration law pending the outcome of their removal proceedings or their removal from the country to the extent permitted by law.5,000 Additional Border Patrol Agents are being assigned.”
 
Canadian Immigration Minister state that Ottawa was not given any warning of the U.S. Travel Ban Executive was not prepared for the current travel issues. Canadian dual citizens and permanent residents with a valid permanent residency card and passport are not subject to the U.S. travel ban. It to those transiting through Canada from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Minister has also reassured those who may be stranded in Canada that he will use his authority as Minister to issue temporary residency in Canada if needed. It is important to note that Canadian passports do not disclose dual citizenship. They do include a person’s place of birth, but that is not necessarily related to citizenship.
 
Air Canada and WestJet are complying with the executive travel ban order ensuring that all are carrying the required entry documents.
 
Hundreds of Americans are fleeing into Canada as both refugees and immigration applicants through our Canadian borders both by land and air. The Canadian Immigration and Citizenship website has been crashing due to overload.
 

 

 
There are delays at all Canada/USA border entry points due to required documentation for crossing. There have been numerous reports of people being stranded at border points and airports, please ensure that you are prepared with a backup plan for a hotel stay in the area.
 
For information regarding the proper documentation required for travel in and out of Canada and the USA or for Consular Assistance please contact Services at 888-838-9136, www.crossborderservices.ca or email me at dawntruell@gmail.com.
 

 

By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
 
A Look Inside the Transportation Industry 2017
 
There are over 250,000 truck drivers in Canada making it only second to retail salespersons in our overall Canadian workforce. It is a respected solid profession. Let’s take a quick look at the beginning.
 
The very first truck was built in 1895 by Karl Benz, which at the time used internal combustion for the engine. The diesel engine was first invented in 1890 but not common in trucks until the 1930’s in Europe and not used in North America until the 1970’s.
 
Back in those days, the biggest trucking concern was getting from point A to point B in a timely manner. The trucking industry is growing and continues to grow at a rate of approximately .03% every year. Trucking has gone from simple deliveries of baked goods and medicines to truckloads of fuel, vehicles, paper products, groceries, building materials and even hazardous substances. To make this picture clearer, think of this: 70% of we buy are hauled by trucks.
 
Thinking of future revenue for trucking companies, when we talk about the biggest concerns, we should really be compliance. From MTO and to safety regulations and programs; it’s far more economical to be in compliance than to be caught out of compliance. In my 15 plus years of experience in the compliance industry, it is very worth the time it takes to contact me for information.
 
New technology is coming our way to the trucking industry! Imagine yourself behind the controls of a self-driven truck! Budweiser just completed the first shipment ever by a self-driven truck! Scary with all of these rulings, not quite sure how that truck will comply with no one behind the wheel! Now that is technology!
 
Border trends - All of the borders have increased security, particularly Niagara Falls, Queenston, Windsor, Sarnia and Surrey BC. The reasons for this are the increase in drugs smuggling. On average only 2-3% of all commercial traffic crossing the borders in/out of the USA/Canada are stopped for secondary screening, drug smugglers take full advantage of this fact; they do their homework well. The average border wait times today can range from 20 minutes to 2 hours; when you are in the trucking industry and have just in time loads, those border wait times can cause lost business.
 
The USA projected boost in their economy will help us this year; Trump has proposed an infrastructure of $1 Trillion to bring more money to America. Trump has also allocated $550 billion to rebuilding highways in the USA; bridges, airports, transit systems and seaports inclusive thus enhancing transportation travel.  When businesses in North America are booming, the increase in manufactured goods has to be transported and so boosts the trucking economy crossing the borders.
 
A recent cocaine seizure highlights the necessity for inspections and compliance of your conveyances. December 27, 2016, a load of fruit being carried across the Ambassador Bridge in a truck was stopped for inspection where 37 kilograms of cocaine were found in bricks within the load. This Mississauga, ON driver was arrested for possession for the purpose of trafficking.
 
For more information about transportation and aiding in the fight against drug safety & compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, please contact Services at www.crossborderservices.ca   dawntruell@gmail.com



By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
 Sept 13, 2016
3 days post truck driver charged in the death of an Ottawa cyclist, president of Greater Ottawa Truckers Association Ron Barr, defending truck drivers, "bikes shouldn't have been made equal to trucks on the road."

Conley, the truck driver, charged with criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and dangerous driving causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

There are limitations for Truck Drivers due to the size of their vehicles, if you can imagine, they cannot see you when they are turning, the mirrors don't allow the truck driver to see behind, beside or underneath whilst in a turn. Please be aware of this fact and be cautious when riding a bicycle near a Truck. 


By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
July 16, 2016

Delivery Truck Driver turned deadly
 
The recent deadly terrorist attack at a seaside promenade in beautiful Nice, France, July 15, 2015 when a large 28-ton refrigerated delivery truck drove straight through a group of people who were gathered there for the celebrations of Bastille Day; as the fireworks roared in the sky and dazzled onlookers were gazing at the sky with all of as the fireworks blew wondrous colour bursts across the sky, 84 people, 10 of which were children, without warning were killed. This was just 8 months after the deadly attack in Paris. The driver was a Tunisian who had been living in Nice for many years. What this truck driver to just barbarically drive into a bunch of people mowing them down like a lawn mower for more than a mile? Mohamed Bouhlel, 31, divorced father of 3, was linked to a radical group of Islam. Bouhlel was known to police as he had a criminal record of threats, violence, theft damages, which he had committed between 2010 and 2016, he had been convicted and sentenced to jail time on March 24, later suspended. Bouhlel was finally shot by police and killed in order to stop this violent attack. he had not been put on the “watch list”.
 
Terrorism comes in many forms, attacks like this all over the world are happening more frequently every day. Suicide bombers, barbaric incidents such as this with a driver running over a crowd of innocent people, people being shot, decapitated, kidnapped, drug smuggling, human trafficking.
 

These terrible attacks have prompted me to address some safety concerns. While we all go about our normal day here in Canada, we have the comfort of knowing that we are safe, but every once in a while this terrorism creeps in. For our part here, we need to be diligent about verifying the records of all drivers whom we hire. We must go through a strong vetting process, verify previous employment, verify the references, verify the information given on a resume or application such as family, ID, drivers license, passport or residency card, telephone numbers, email addresses, address for past five years and work record for past five years, have the driver get a criminal record check done at the police station. I stand behind the FAST Card as well; this is a great form of vetting as it provides a detailed criminal record check on both sides of the borders. I say these things for the protection of our drivers, and companies. There are thousands of drivers out there who are great upstanding people, we just need to weed out the bad ones so as to protect us all.

 I have been directly involved in helping persons and companies join all of the Safety & Compliance programs such as FAST, C-TPAT, PIP, TTP CSA, to aid in the fight against terrorism and to facilitate our international trade. CBS provides a full Training program for all mentioned. For more information about these programs please contact Services at
For I have been directly involved in helping persons and companies join all of the Safety & Compliance programs such as FAST, C-TPAT, PIP, TTP CSA, to aid in the fight against terrorism and to facilitate our international trade. CBS provides a full Training program for all mentioned. For more information about these programs please contact Services at www.crossborderservices.ca   dawntruell@gmail.com

 

Canadians Robert left, and John Ridsdel in this still image taken from an undated militant video. Police said the head of a Caucasian male was recovered Monday night in the southern Philippines and DNA tests will be conducted to determine whether it belongs to one of three Western hostages who had been threatened with beheading by ransom-seeking Muslim extremists Canadians -- and Hall --were among the hostages. THE CANADIAN PRESS
 
KANANASKIS, Alta. - Canadian beheaded by terrorists in the Philippines after being held hostage for seven months. 68-year-old John Ridsdel of was one of four tourists who kidnapped September 2015 by Abu Sayyaf militants from a marina on southern Samal Island. The militants threatened to kill one of the hostages if the ransom wasn’t paid by 3 am Monday local time, the ransom was not paid.

BY: DAWN TRUELL, President, Services                                                
 
Inspections mean to protect
 
On March 1, 2016, a Minnesota man pleaded guilty in a Winnipeg, Manitoba Court, to child pornography and was sentenced to 2 ½ years. Robert William Roske from Minnesota was found smuggling digital and video images on his electronic devices in his immediate possession, of child pornography. Roske was attempting to enter Canada at the Sprague, MB port and was luckily referred for secondary screening at which point he was caught and arrested. CBSA further investigated and discovered 1,954 images and 389 video files, all in Roske’s possession. and Police really cracking down on this revolting criminal act. For the protection of all of our children; we thank all of these Officers.
 
While carrying a load of tomatoes, truck driver Wayne Douglas Rutherford, 63, from Colborne, ON, pleaded guilty to drug smuggling when he was caught crossing the Ambassador Bridge border into Canada with $6 million worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. He had hidden the drugs in bricks within a false wall panel in the nose of his trailer. He had in his possession 47 kilograms of cocaine and 17 kilograms of methamphetamine and was convicted and charged with possession with the purpose of trafficking. Rutherford had picked up the drugs in Sacramento, CA after dropping a load of PVC pipes that had originated in Ontario, CA. From there they picked up a load of tomatoes that were destined for Montreal, CA. During routine x-ray of the truck, the strange looking added panel was found, once opened the drugs were found inside. When Rutherford pleaded guilty, he admitted to being a drug trafficker and using his truck to carry drugs to and from USA and Canada.
 
On a recent flight incoming from Mexico, 188 kilograms of cocaine was discovered. On January 17, 2016, during a routine cargo screening at the Toronto Airport, Canada Border Services Agency Officers found and seized the cocaine that was hidden in two wooden crates bundled into 100 bricks. The RCMP was called in for investigation and arrests.
 
If you suspect anything suspicious or illegal please call either 911 or the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
 
For further information regarding Safety & Security Training, C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP & CSA, please contact Dawn Truell, Services www.crossborderservices.org    dawntruell@gmail.com 




BY: DAWN TRUELL, President, Services

 

TERRORISM HITS EUROPE, THE EFFECTS ON WORLD TRADE

 

Due to recent Terror attacks in 129 people perished, we have felt the need to inform everyone in the transportation community about the possible border ramifications for international trade traffic and shipment movements.

Expect delays at all border points across Canada/U.S.A./Mexico. Due to the further attacks spreading into Germany and Mali as well as the threats NYC, D.C. Canada, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canadian Central Intelligence are strengthening all border entry points both land travel, affecting both passenger vehicles and truck traffic and as well the security has been tightened, CATSA. With these terrorists having gained fake passports and moving countries through migrant routes as refugees, North America is on heightened alert now. To be ready please have the following documents in your immediate possession: Passport, Birth Certificate, Drivers License with photo, Permanent Residency Card if applicable, for travel documents such as personal travel hotel reservations, airline tickets, commercial travel proof of shipments documentation including pick up and destination locations.

Remember back on September 11, 2001? The Terrorist attacks on the U.S.A. were a tragic life-changing event for all of the citizens of the United States of America. These effects spread to Canada. International Trade came to a Halt on that horrific day; borders between Canada and the U.S. were closed. No passenger vehicles, no trucks, no trains, no buses, no planes were allowed to cross either in or out of Canada and the U.S.A. World Trade’s stopped that moment when the first plane hit the World Trade Centre, shock spread around the world. As the progression of the Terrorist attacks pushed on, the world came to a close for that day. As the days passed and the International Trade Organization pushed on to open the borders once again, the new system of the alerts Homeland Security Advisory System went into effect. During the 911 weeks and months that followed remained in the Red. In 2012 once things started to rest the colour turned to Orange, fluctuating over the years that followed between Red – Severe risk of terrorist attacks, Orange – High risk of terrorist attacks, Yellow – Elevated significant risk of terrorist attacks, Blue – Guarded general risk of terrorist attacks, and Green – Low risk of terrorist attacks. Today the U.S. CBP has come out with the new launch of their NTAS National Terrorism Advisory System replacing the old system. The NTAS relays more effective communication about terrorist threats by providing up to date on time detailed information to both the public and emergency responders including CBP and CBSA.

For the this meant that driving to the border would take a significantly longer time, backups of truck traffic long beyond the border and all the way back into the country of origin. Then came the birth of the program C-TPAT, Partnership Against Terrorism. This program was forged as Program. A company it Transportation via Trucking, Ocean, Rail or Air filled out a series of documents agreeing to heighten their security at both their place of business, their trucks, trailers, containers, and airplanes, from their cargo handling areas to the very floors and ceilings of their modes of transportation. It also became mandatory to Vet the individuals who were at the helm of these transportation vices. The benefits for these companies most notably were easing the traffic with expediting border wait times and the creation of the FAST Lanes specifically for Trucks. Over the past 14 years since C-TPAT and FAST’s creations, the programs have moved into the community with online portal systems that not only speed up the application and certification processes but allows both CBP and CBSA the ability to view the profiles of the various companies and persons in the online computer border processing units. The Canadian government had already come out with a PIP Partners In Protection Program back in 1995 that was carved out to protect Canada. Post the tragedy of 911; the U.S.A.’s creation of the C-TPAT was closely based on the PIP Program. In the EU European Union attended meetings in Canada and signed on with the partnership with TTP Trusted Trader Partners Program and the PIP. Now joined forces across the board with the C-TPAT united with the PIP, the AEO Automated Economic Operators – partners around the world and then the EU’s TTP. Giant strides were made to create ease and gain trust within the Worlds International Trade.

Although will never end completely, these programs were designed to aid When events such as the Terror attacks recently in Paris and that are now spreading to Germany and the threats against Canada and the U.S.A. and let us all hope and pray not the rest of the world, the trucking and transportation industry again is getting hit hard at the borders. In we have clear-cut border points and cannot easily travel through from point A to point B. The predictions for the increased border patrols, increased border security, increased secondary inspections are growing by the minute and have become a reality. The fear by the government officials is that it is very easy for any unidentified terrorist cell to easily travel between countries. In Europe where there aren’t many borders anymore it is far easier needless to say but for us here in North America with those safe borders comes a price for the international trade markets. 

 



 

With the wake of the Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Canada and the U.S.A., the borders are on even higher alert. News reports stated that at least two of the terrorists involved in the Paris attack passed themselves off as refugees, they had originated from Syria. A Syrian passport of a dead soldier had been found in the possession of the body of one of the suicide bombers at the Stade de France during the Paris attacks on Friday the 13.  This terrorist had taken what they call a migrant route starting in Greece, going to Britain, Germany and then France. The EU Intelligence has boosted it’s surveillance and security measures and have set up hot spots at all entry points into the EU. While we are in North America, this still poses a threat to our borders, how easy would it be for a terrorist cell to be anywhere in North America and just pass through the borders posing as a refugee. Now this is not to take away from the fact that there are thousands of true refugees seeking asylum here to escape the wars in their homelands and we want to help them with open arms, our borders still need to be protected so as not to allow a similar incident to happen here as did in Paris tragically on Friday the 13, 2015.

For further information regarding all programs, Safety & Security, C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP & CSA, please contact Dawn Truell, Services www.c-tpat-certified.com     crossborderservices@cogeco.net


By: Dawn Truell, President, Services   
Detroit/Windsor Border Alert  

The Detroit/Windsor Border has been targeted for extra screening, please ensure you have the proper documentation in order including proper authorities numbers i.e.: MC, DOT, SCAC, CVOR. It has been discovered by CBP (U.S. Customs & Border Protection) that some persons and/or companies have been using others’ authorities illegally. This will cause and is currently causing back up border delays, forced turnarounds and even risking possible suspension from the C-TPAT, and PIP Programs. you should be aware that once CBP knows and puts forth a charge or suspension or forced turnaround, CBSA is advised, you would now have trouble getting back across the Canadian Borders. I should also point out that ACE Manifests are Mandatory and it is imperative that they filled out in their entirety and accurately or you will be forced to be turned around at the border point entering the U.S.A. ACI for Canada’s borders has been put into place but it’s still a relatively new program so we are still operating a grace period.
 
A misconception regarding compliance programs such as the C-TPAT, if a company belongs to the C-TPAT program that the said company does not have to belong also to the PIP program; this is incorrect, you must belong to both programs if you are going to do either. Also please be aware that you must be truthful in the information that you put forth to both the U.S. CBP and CBSA; you will be Audited by U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security and/or Central Intelligence Canada. It has recently come to my attention that there are persons and/or companies selling “Binders” full of documents claiming that these will get you through the C-TPAT and PIP Programs, be aware that this is FALSE information and further that both CBP and CBSA Officers are aware of this fictitious ongoings and they will be easily identified by both. Be reminded that what you are presenting is your company and be aware that whom you are presenting is both the U.S. Dept. Homeland Security and the Canadian Central Intelligence. this for the sake of saving face for your business, as I know personally, our businesses are very work and we must put forth with Honesty and Integrity.
 
I encourage anyone wanting to gain their authorities as in the MC licensing, DOT, SCAC, etc. will happily guide you through the appropriate steps but you contact please be sure you know exactly what you are getting and whom you are getting it from. Again I can certainly guide you in the right direction.

For further information regarding all of these programs please contact Services www.c-tpat-certified.com, crossborderservices@cogeco.net 905-973-9136.


By: Dawn Truell, President, Services   
There’s a new Vigilante in town   

is an issue that we all should know at least a little bit about. There are Programs out there such as the ones that most of you know by now I represent like C-TPAT, PIP, FAST, yet there are more and more terror attacks that should alert our keen senses to pay attention. There is a new guy on the block aiding in the fight against terrorism you may not have heard of yet, he is called “The Jester”. Although he has been at this for five years now not many of us have heard of him. He’s a vigilante of the Internet.
 
Jester, a former U.S. a computer security expert, is working on his own to aid in the fight against terrorism, he has become somewhat of a celebrity with 58,000 followers on Twitter and has personally taken down 179 terrorist websites to date. While not having any official authorization to do this, Jester has many contacts in U.S. intelligence agencies. The Jester has managed to take down dozens of websites that support jihadist disinformation and recruitment. He is known on Twitter as @th3j35t3r: 

Jester has used his computer hacking skills to shut down any website that he considers a threat to North America. A few examples: on June 18, he sent a public message on his Twitter account to GloboTech Communications in eastern Canada that they were hosting a website that was providing information to ISIS terrorists in which he clearly identified the exact computer server involved. At specifically 9:19 p.m., he sent another message with what he calls his signature threats: “I respectfully urge u to review my last 2 tweets. U should take action, or if you prefer, I can. #30mins#TickTock#.  Just minutes after this message was received the jihadist website was shut down. When Jester heard about the attacks at Charlie Hebdo he hacked into The Global Islamic Media Front, a jihadist website that teaches terrorists how to communicate privately, Jester quickly disfigured the website aiming to shut it down. Over Christmas 2014, Jester managed to take down a website of PlayStation and Xbox Live network hackers called Lizard Squad who had affected more than 150 million lives by imposing disorder on popular gaming networks such as Battle.net, League of Legends and even managed to make a bomb threat on Twitter that resulted in the diversion of an American Airlines flight that was carrying a Sony executive. Jester knows what he is doing and the scare tactics he is utilizing are working with positive results.
 
Whether we choose to look at Jester as a patriotic hacker or as a man on some sort of personal vengeance, he is helping in the fight against terrorism, which we can all respect. There is no excuse for people in this world to be killing fellow human beings. Hats off to you Jester!

For further information regarding programs please contact Services www.c-tpat-certified.com, crossborderservices@cogeco.net 905-973-9136.

By: Dawn Truell, President, Services
 
EU visits with local Ontarian’s
 
On October 8, 2014, the EU European Union paid us a visit! The CBSA, Canada Border Services Agency, Trusted Trader Program Officer, Bill Tu, organized a local visit between 7 delegates from the EU: Radu Hurjui, European Union Commission from Brussels, Belgium, Annegret Rohloff, European Union Commission from Brussels, Belgium, Cédric , EU French Customs, Giorgio Di Lucia, EU Italian Customs, Adrian Ionita, EU Romanian Customs, Siv Ringström, EU Swedish Customs, Andrea Head, EU UK Customs;  2 CBSA Senior Program Advisors from HQ: Robert Frost, Ottawa, ON, Lisa Benett, Ottawa, ON; and from CBSA Mr. Ron Flowers, Intelligence Officer, as well as Ms. Dawn Truell, President, Services and Robert Schenck, President, Schenck Farms & Greenhouses were all in attendance.
The CBSA has been working diligently with the EU to sign our MRA, Mutual Recognition Agreement, mutually recognizing International Trade between Canada and the European Union. Working with our international partners closely strengthens our partnership, understanding of each other’s requirements and contributes to our joint security stimulating economic growth for all of us.

Stimulating our economy means more job creations for both Canada and our International Trade Partners. Facilitating trade through our mutual agreements as in the MRA aids our importers and exporters in the ability to gain access to the dynamic EU markets; sharing best practices and collaborations in the development of risk management and heightened security practices. The EU is Canada’s trading partner averaging over $120 billion per year between both goods and services.
 
While here on this visit by the EU on October 8, 2014, all mentioned above attended a Partners In Protection Validation hosted by Dawn Truell of Services and Robert Schenck of Schenck Farms & Greenhouses. Information was shared regarding the policies, procedures and heightened security measures required by CBSA to be a Certified member of the CBSA PIP Trusted Trader Partner Program. Dawn Truell has been the Advisor for Schenck Farms for many years. Robert Schenck graciously opened his doors for this exciting meeting. With the help of Dawn Truell advising in both the private and public business sectors, Dawn has increased the exposure of our Trusted Trader Partner Programs and we encourage all companies encompassing transportation modes from trucking, logistics, rail, ocean, air, and including where it all begins at the manufacturers, distributors, and exporters. Taking this step with the CBSA and the EU signing the MRA I feel is a crucial step in the future of our international trade boosting our economy here in Canada and in the EU. We encourage everyone to join us!
 
For information regarding above exciting EU meeting and all trusted trader programs, please contact Dawn Truell of Services 905-973-9136, dawntruell@gmail.com, www.crossborderservices.orgwww.c-tpat-certified.com.
 


Travelling Cross Border With Pets?   
Dogs: must be vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days prior to entry, except for puppies younger than 3 months. A dog with an unexpired health certificate meets these requirements. These requirements apply to service dogs as well. if you do not comply your dog must be confinement for 30 days (takes that long for the vaccination to take effect) and you have to sign a confinement agreement. For air you must have a sized dog carrier according to the guidelines of the specific airline, they are all different so please contact your air carrier for specific size details. Only small dogs are allowed in the cabin on plane confined to a soft-sided airline approved carrier. Medium to large dogs must go in the cargo section with baggage in an airline approved hard shell carrier.
Birds: you must fill out a USDA Import Permit, provide current health certificate by licensed Vet, must quarantine the bird for 30 days at owner’s expense in a USDA animal
When transporting any pet do not use bedding such as hay, straw, grass or other natural bedding as they are not allowed due to various plant pests.
When by Air with your you must fill out a Canadian International Health Certificate, issued by CFIA and you can print a copy of this form on inspection.gc.ca website. Requirements listed above are the same.
Just in you were wondering about food restrictions I thought that I would throw that topic in as well. You must declare all food products; failure to do so can result in up to $10,000 in fines and penalties. Restricted items include meats, fruits, vegetables, plants, soil, and products made from animal or plant materials.
One more topic that I get asked frequently, with children: if your children have passports please bring them with you (to obtain a passport please go to passport.gc.ca, all passports issued after July 1, are now ePassports which are digital chip equipped), if not a valid birth certificate is required. Parents who share custody of their children carry copies of legal custody documents. If the other parent is not with you, or if you are with minors for whom you are not the parent or legal guardian, we recommend you carry a letter of consent authorizing you to take the child on the trip.
For information regarding any topic listed above trafficking and initiatives such as PIP, FAST, C-TPAT, CSA please contact Dawn Truell of Services 905-973-9136  dawntruell@gmail.com    www.c-tpat-certified.com 
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  • By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services 03/10/2014
  •  Truck Cargo – Canada & U.S.A. Second Phase Pre-Inspection Pilot As part of the Beyond the Border Action Plan, CBSA Canada Border Services Agency and DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security have officially launched Phase 11 of the pre-inspection pilot for truck cargo, this takes place at the Peace Bridge both sides between Fort Erie and Buffalo. Both Western New York and Southern Ontario are very excited that this Phase 11 was sited at the Peace Bridge border; this will ease border traffic congestion, as well as make Secure Safe Passage. The pre-inspection process comprises radiation screening as well as basic primary processing; this does not however eliminate secondary screening should this be necessary based on the pre-inspection discoveries. This plan was released by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in 2011 but didn’t actually go into effect until Spring 2013. This Beyond the Border plan was created to increase security and expedite cross border commercial traffic. Phase 1 of this pilot project began at the Pacific Highway Crossing in Surrey, British Columbia – Blaine, Washington, and has proven to be successful. Of course we do also have the heightened security efforts of the programs that are also joint initiatives between Canada – PIP – Partners In Protection and U.S.A. – C-TPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against. PIP was created in 1995 by our Canadian government with its primary focus on promoting business awareness and compliance with customs regulations. After the events of 9/11, the PIP program's focus shifted to place a greater emphasis on trade chain security. C-TPAT became a program to help protect The United States of America after the horrific act of terrorism on September 11, 2001, combating the threat of terrorism became CBP’s number one priority.  I joined forces in the fight against terrorism subsequently creating Cross Border Services and focusing primarily on the C-TPAT, PIP, FAST and CSA programs. In creating CBS my aim was to educate our noble amongst us, which the majority of us are. I strongly believe in doing everything that we possibly can to fight against these deplorable beings such as drug smugglers, murderers, human traffickers, terrorists. 
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For information regarding anti smuggling, anti human trafficking and anti terrorism initiatives such as PIP, FAST, C-TPAT, please contact Dawn Truell of Cross Border Services 905-973-9136, dawntruell@gmail.com, www.crossborderservices.org www.c-tpat-certified.com.

 
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