Conflicting reports on whether new air cargo security rules applied to known shippers or just shippers who are not classed as a known shipper contributed to shippers' confusion as the rules went into effect. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is responsible for the rules and enforcement, releases details to regulated parties such as air carriers and indirect air carriers-such as freight forwarders. The new rules required specific forms of identification from individuals tendering freight to a carrier or forwarder. In addition, the freight could be subject to inspection.
NITL was monitoring the situation and said it would inform shippers as additional details became available.
In other security news, the Senate withdrew an amendment to its bill S.4 "Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007." The amendment targeted the movement of ultra-hazardous rail cargos that move through communities in "high threat corridors." The proposal included toxic-by-inhalation substances and extended to the shipment and storage of high-hazard materials.