of truckers were planning to protest in Miami against new U.S. customs
procedures that stand to delay cargo clearance and cut truckers'
income, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.
carrying "in-bond" cargo between airport, seaport and
other select sites now take up to 12 hours to clear customs because
of the new procedures, the paper reported.
means truckers paid by the load who used to handle up to seven deliveries
a day now make fewer trips and less money.
issue are new procedures that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's
customs unit implemented Oct. 20 that scrutinize and expand paperwork
requirements for "in-bond" cargo. That freight is imported
but is duty-free, because it's en route for export or because companies
will hold it temporarily at special "bonded" warehouses.
said it was tightening paperwork requirements in the wake of the
September 11,2001, terrorist attacks. The government earlier gave
a 60-day notice of the changes, acknowledging they could be "potentially
protests come just days after the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
released a study showing that post-September 11 security measures
are hurting business in South Florida, a hub for trade between the
Americas, Europe and Asia.
have protested in Miami before. They slowed cargo movements at the
port of Miami to a trickle for two weeks in February 2000, seeking
increases in stagnant hauling fees, shorter waiting times, better
working conditions and a drop in truck insurance fees.