A conference committee has delayed implementation of a passport
requirement for anyone re-entering the United States from certain foreign
countries – including truckers.
The so-called Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative was passed in 2004. When
it becomes fully active, it will require all travelers to and from the
Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico and Canada to have a passport or other
secure document to re-enter the United States.
The passport requirement was originally set to take effect Jan. 1,
2007. This measure delays implementation until June 1, 2008.
The House Appropriations Committee announced that House and Senate
negotiators delayed the passport requirement until certain conditions were met.
Today’s Trucking reports that the delay came about to give officials time to develop a passport
alternative, called the “PASS” card.