New option will allow for faster processing times
U.S. Customs and Border Protections (CBP) has implemented a new payment option to allow commercial truck carriers to pay the single crossing user fee online prior to arriving at the port of entry.
CBP requires all trucks crossing into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico to pay the user fee to offset border inspections costs.
Carriers will be able to make single-crossing user fee online payments through the Decal/Transponder Online Procurement System (DTOPS) website. The mobile-friendly DTOPS website design allows users to pay online using their smartphones. CBP is also developing a DTOPS app for smartphones.
Paying the single-crossing user fee online prior to arriving at the border reduces fuel consumption and wait times. Removing the cash/credit card payment process from primary inspection enables CBP officers to process vehicles in a faster and more efficient manner and reduces environmental costs by decreasing carbon emissions associated with heavy congestion.
To make a payment, users will set up an account in DTOPS, register their vehicle(s), select the single-crossing payment option and checkout with the secure online payment system. DTOPS will provide an electronic receipt. Single-crossing online payments are good until December 31 of the year purchased.
Step 1 ‘“ Log in or sign up for a DTOPS profile at https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov
Step 2 ‘“ Set up your purchasing account
Step 3 ‘“ Add item(s) to your shopping car (optionally organized into separate orders)
Step 4 ‘“ Checkout with our secure online payment system
Step 5 ‘“ Shortly after, you’ll receive a receipt via email, and/or the requested items via mail
Cash and credit card payments will continue to be accepted at the border, but carriers who pay upon arrival may experience additional delays.
More information is available at https://dtops.cbp.dhs.gov