(United States/Canada/Mexico) Acronym for Free And Secure Trade. The first completely paperless cargo release mechanism put into place by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This paperless processing is achieved through electronic data transmissions and transponder technology. FAST is highly automated and allows for the expedited release of highly compliant cargo from major importers, reducing congestion at U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico. For more information refer to FAST in the Security section of this dictionary or contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection at:

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