CarriersEdge, providers of online safety and compliance training tools for the North American transportation industry, has added a series of new Border Crossing/C-TPAT courses for drivers. The courses cover Security and Threat Awareness, Security Inspections, and Successful Border Crossing.

“Canada and the United States share the longest land border in the world that thousands of trucks and about $500 million in trade cross daily,” said Mark Murrell, vice-president, sales and marketing, at CarriersEdge. “It can be a long and frustrating task when a driver is not prepared with an understanding of security issues. Our new Border Crossing training courses explain security inspections, procedures and issues to minimize a driver's chances of facing long delays at the border.”

Motor carriers with C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certification are required to perform inspections and to provide driver training. The new CarriersEdge Border Crossing/C-TPAT courses help ensure drivers are fully prepared at the border and that inspections are completed properly.

The new CarriersEdge Border Crossing training courses are divided into four modules, which can be completed separately or at one time. Included are a single course incorporating all modules that is designed for orientation purposes, and the following three modules for refresher or remedial training:

• C-TPAT/PIP Security and Threat Awareness covers five main areas where possible security issues can arise, including at the terminal, before the trip, on the road, during a stop and during a delivery. Additionally it covers threat awareness including such topics as how to recognize suspicious behavior, communication practices, and how to handle a hijacking.

• C-TPAT/PIP Security Inspections covers when and how to conduct a security inspection on trailers or containers and on security seals, and how these practices differ from regular pre-trip inspections.

• Successful Border Crossing covers how to minimize a driver's chances of facing long delays at the US/Canada border by focusing on border security and customs pre-clearance programs, personal identification needs, vehicle requirements, and a variety of best practices.