Suburban Air Freight, Inc. v. Transportation Security Administration, No. 12-1171 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, June 14, 2013). Copy of court-issued opinion available here.
“Provisions for Fees Related to Hazardous Materials Endorsements and Transportation Worker Identification Credentials.”
April 25, 2013. Final Rule.
The regulation takes no position on whether fees will go up or go down. But this blog is not creating a pool to bet on which way that will work out. Note in particular the reference to, “enable[ing] TSA to have the necessary flexibility to lower or increase fees as necessary to meet the statutory obligation to recover its costs.”
“Extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot Program and Reopening of Application Period for Participation.”
April 23, 2013. General Notice.
The Trade Act of 2002 ushered in new post-9/11 requirements that carriers by ocean, rail, motor carrier and air provide U.S. CBP with advance documentation of the freight they were brining into the United States from abroad at ports and border crossings. This U.S. CBP program provides for a pilot program to allow screening in advance of what the Trade Act of 2002 requires with hoped-for efficiencies to both the carriers and U.S. CBP.
Nota bene: This U.S. CBP screening both under the Trade Act of 2002 and under this pilot program is distinct from screening of air cargo against terrorist threats conducted by the Transportation Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Continue reading
Who is affected? Railroads; shippers of TIH / PIH freight.
(November 28, 2012, Decision of entire Board on petition by C.F. Industries, Inc. and several other chemical shippers and trade associations for the U.S. STB to “declare invalid and unenforceable certain requirements promulgated by RailAmerica, Inc., and several of its railroad subsidiaries regarding rail transportation of [TIH and PIH]”.
“Little in the way of clear lines drawn at this stage”? U.S. STB’s statement accompanying this decision leaves quite a lot unanswered. Continue reading