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CUSTOMS CLEARANCE GOES ELECTRONIC AT STRATEGIC RAIL GATEWAY BORDER DELAYS TRIMMED BY UP TO THREE DAYS

 MONTREAL, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- "On-time" now means up to three days earlier, when it comes to shipments from the U.S. to Canada, thanks to a pilot project at the Sarnia, Ont., gateway that will change the way rail freight clears customs.
 "Goods will reach their customers up to three days earlier," said CN North America president and chief executive officer Paul Tellier. "That will also mean transit and storage cost savings and better inventory management."
 Importers, customs and rail carriers will use electronic data interchange (EDI) techniques to relay information, eliminating the current, manual, paper-intensive practices. In addition to dramatically speeding up customs clearance, the EDI system will eliminate the risk that lost documents would delay a shipment.
 "The shorter transit time and improved reliability will let the railway get on with the business of delivering its customers' goods, by eliminating unneeded switching and paperwork," noted Mr. Tellier. "In addition, by not tying up rail cars, it will permit more efficient use of our fleet."
 This latest pilot project complements another, similar government- industry initiative, announced in January 1992, that automated notification of shipments from the U.S. to Canada. Today's announcement concerns the release of those shipments. According to Mr. Tellier, it will initially apply to intermodal shipments, such as containers or piggyback trailers. When the technology proves itself, the process will be extended to cover goods that travel in conventional rail cars.
 "The trend toward growing cooperation between different modes of transport means that goods have to move more smoothly, promptly and accurately than ever before," observed Mr. Tellier.
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 /CONTACT: Robert Frank of CN North America, 514-399-7210/


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