The Bush administration, in a new move to keep out terrorists and their weapons, is set to order that details of cargo be provided electronically before its arrival in the United States by air, rail or truck. The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection is proposing rules to bring this about, the bureau’s commissioner, Robert Bonner, said Tuesday. The amount of time a company would have to detail its cargo before its arrival would vary by the mode of transportation: air, rail or commercial truck. Bonner said customs authorities currently receive some advance information on cargo carried by airplanes, rail cars and trucks, but the information is provided voluntarily and isn’t always complete. For many shipments, especially on commercial trucks, customs currently receives cargo information on paper, not electronically, and upon arrival in the country, Bonner said. Full Story
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