President Signs Security Bill; Vows to Ensure Vital Commerce

Pointing out that the provision in the law for 100% scanning of maritime containers at foreign ports was never among the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, the National Industrial Transportation League (NITL) said its Select Committee on Security was working with other modal committees and “continuing to examine all aspects of the new law as well as the anticipated rules which will follow.”

The new law will affect all modes, says NITL. It includes a study of maritime and surface transportation security fees, codification of existing regulatinos preventing convicted felons from receiving Transportation Workers Identification Credentials (TWIC), rail routing and tracking of security sensitive materials, hazardous materials highway routing and documentation, screening of all air cargo aboard commercial aircraft (after three years), and maritime container scanning at foreign ports after five years.

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