Cargo Rule: A Pilot Project to Avoid Waste, Expenses

By August 8, 2008Economy, Trade

From CQ, “Lawmakers call for trial run of new cargo security rule“, a story about the proposed 10+2 rule:

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers want the Homeland Security Department to delay a cargo security rule from taking effect, saying it would likely disrupt the balance between security and commerce.

The department’s Customs and Border Protection unit drafted the new rule in response to a major port security law enacted in 2006, when Republicans controlled the body.

The rule would require importers to submit 10 new categories of data on cargo containers before they are shipped to the United States by sea. Customs could put the rule into effect as early as November.

But in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and CBP Commissioner Ralph Basham, the lawmakers say Customs should do a test program with a small group of importers to see what impact the rule will have before it goes into effect worldwide. They said the rule could create delays in the import supply chain.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is taking the lead .

The story cites a statement from NAM President and CEO John Engler  praising the letter and asking the Department of Homeland Security to promote a pilot program. Key quote: “A prototype program is the best method for evaluating the impact of the proposed rule on national security and trade facilitation and for identifying ways to improve the rule before the government and industry invest billions of dollars to comply.”

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