Department of Transportation has issued temporary regulations
requiring truck and rail operators carrying explosives from
Canada to the United States to register with Transport Canada,
the Canadian agency responsible for transportation safety.
also consulting with the Mexican government to develop a
similar system of security checks.
an interim final rule, Transport Canada will conduct checks
to ensure that both the carriers and their customers are
legitimate entities. Transport Canada also will do driver
security checks. It will then forward lists of approved carriers,
shippers and drivers to the Transportation Security Administration.
make additional checks and forward the lists to the U.S.
Customs Service. Customs will allow Canadian explosives carriers
to enter the United States only if the carrier, shipper and
operator are on the approved list.
the public would have 30 days to comment on the interim final
rule, which is intended only as a temporary measure until
the agency completes consultations with Canada and other
U.S. government agencies and issues more comprehensive regulations
regarding background checks.
was published in the Feb. 6 Federal Register and can be accessed