The Free and Secure Trade: FAST
The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a safety program that aims at improving safety and speed of legal trade across the Canada- US border. The FAST program is ideal for commercial truck drivers who are permanent Canadian or US citizens. The FAST card owners clear from customs faster than non-FAST card owners. Expedited custom clearance is not the only benefit of having a FAST card, other benefits include:
Minimum identification required at border crossing points
Use of dedicated lanes at border crossing points for quicker border clearance.
FAST card owners can use the card as identification on all highway lanes and it can be used as proof of Canadian citizenship.
FAST program improved delivery time and landing cost of imports.
FAST cards provide assurance and consequently reduce delays due to documentation certification.
The Fast Program advocates voluntary compliance and assessment which consequently improves Canada's competitiveness.