What it covers: FAST is a voluntary commercial clearance program run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection for pre-approved, low-risk goods entering the U.S. from Canada and Mexico. Initiated after 9/11, the program allows for expedited processing for commercial carriers who have completed background checks and fulfill certain eligibility requirements. Participation in FAST requires that every link in the supply chain -- from manufacturer to carrier to driver to importer -- is certified under the C-TPAT program (see above). Cards cost $50 and are valid for 5 years.
Benefits of using FAST and C-TPAT include:
* Upon terrorist alerts, FAST/C-TPAT drivers will be allowed to cross the border.
* Dedicated lanes for greater speed and efficiency
* Reduced cost of compliance with customs requirements.
Who is affected: Importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.
Link to FAST program details: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/fast/fast_driver/
Key requirements/provisions: Highway carriers authorized to use the FAST/C-TPAT program need to meet the following requirements:
* A demonstrated history of complying with all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements.
* Have made a commitment to security-enhancing business practices, as required by the C-TPAT and Canada's PIP program.
* Use drivers that are in possession of a valid FAST commercial driver card when using FAST clearance.
* In the case of carriers seeking FAST clearance into Canada, be bonded and have the necessary business processes required for the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program.
Source: U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection
Children's Online Privacy Protection Act
Who is affected: Operators of commercial Web sites and online services directed to children under 13 that collect personal information from children, as well as general audience Web sites with actual knowledge they are collecting personal information from children.
Link to the law: http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm
Key requirements/provisions: Basic provisions of COPPA include: