In June, USCIB urged the heads of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration to work more closely to improve air cargo security, including taking other countries’ rules and regulations into account when implementing new air cargo security rules.
In a letter to Customs chief Alan Bersin and TSA Administrator John Pistole, USCIB President and CEO Peter M. Robinson commended the two agencies for working with the private sector to implement protocols and rules of engagement for the air cargo security program, and expressed hope that heightened interagency cooperation would continue to ensure a streamlined program.
On the international aspect of new security rules, Mr. Robinson wrote: “Although CBP recently suggested increasing the number of countries in the pilot program from 28 to 42 countries, … we urge that any increase be done with significant private sector consultation to ensure the proper consideration of issues such as timing and availability of information, volume of shipments for each country, as well as data privacy rules and regulatory hurdles in each country. USCIB urges CBP and TSA to assess the regulatory environment in other countries before increasing the scope of this pilot program.”
USCIB letter on air cargo security
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