Why Your FAST Card Was Confiscated
FAST Card confiscated? Most likely, your FAST Card was confiscated when you violated the terms and conditions of your Free And Secure Trade Membership. If you think you didn’t violate the terms, it’s also possible that the officer who confiscated your card, whether CBSA or CBP, suspected you violated those terms, or believes you no longer meet the terms.
Your card was confiscated because you were caught violating the terms and conditions of the FAST program, or a CBSA or CBP officer believes you did. Here are some examples:
- you were caught violating either the US’s or Canada’s customs regulations,
- you leant your FAST Card to someone else,
- you transported people across the border who do not have FAST Card (or were not allowed to enter the country)
- you got a criminal record since you received your FAST Card.
This list is not exclusive.
It’s also possible that your card was confiscated because CBSA or CBP (whichever agency confiscated the card) learned of information that makes you ineligible.
One last reason your card could have been confiscated: you got a new commercial driver’s license or passport and failed to update your account on the TTP website. (Please note: In this specific instance, usually you will be given a warning first.)
In order to appeal the confiscation, you’ll need to know the reason(s) the officer confiscated your FAST Card. If you were not provided a hard-copy statement revoking your FAST membership, you will need to contact the FAST enrolment nearest to the border crossing where your card was confiscated to find out why your card was confiscated and to get proof of the revocation of your membership. There is always a chance there was a misunderstanding or it was a warning, and you’ll get your card back. Regardless, you have to go through this step as you need written proof your card was confiscated in order to appeal.