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FIATA advises members to consult their National Associations regarding a newly passed security bill

Friday, June 15, 2012


The committee on homeland security passed a security bill requiring all containers be scanned overseas before being allowed into U.S ports.  Shippers attempted to overturn this legislation put forth by congress stating that the "scan all" requirement is an impractical goal.

The requirement is set to take effect in July despite congressional reports documenting technological problems, high costs, port delays and foreign government pushback. FIATA advises members to consult their National Associations for more information on clauses when dealing with carriage contracts to the US. We ask members to be alert of the risk and the possible additional costs that may have to be brought to the account of the party who requests service. For more information on the bill please visit:

http://www.joc.com/security/100-percent-container-scanning-deadline-looms