1, carriers must provide details of the contents of sea containers
destined for the United States 24 hours before the cargo is loaded
onto ships at foreign ports, the chief of the U.S. Customs Service
said Jan. 14.
The new rule
aims to prevent terrorists from bringing nuclear and other deadly
weapons into the United States. Customs Commissioner Robert Bonner
said the service would begin enforcing the rule Feb. 2.
president of Seattle transloader MacMillan-Piper Inc., called the
rule "the hot potato, especially for the import community"
as reported by the Puget Sound Business Journal.
kind of concerned about how this will shake out," he said.
"That could hold up cargo significantly, depending on what
happens over there and how stringent they're going to be."
fail to provide accurate manifest information 24 hours before loading
could be barred from unloading cargo containers at a U.S. port and
could be fined, Bonner said.
Some of the
information required in advance includes a precise description of
each container's contents, date of scheduled arrival in the United
States, the foreign port of departure, shipper's name and address
and vessel name and number.