Fact Sheet: New Cargo Security Requirements for Maritime Carriers and Importers [November 24, 2008] [open pdf - 54KB]
"The Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements interim final rule will help prevent terrorist weapons from being transported to the United States by requiring both importers and carriers to submit additional cargo information to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before the cargo is brought into the United States by vessel. This interim final rule follows a notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM) published on January 2, 2008. Through the rule-making process, CBP collected and evaluated approximately 200 public comments and has made significant enhancements to the proposed rule, as outlined in the interim final rule. The data submissions required under the interim final rule must be delivered to CBP by way of a CBP-approved electronic data interchange system. This information will improve CBP's ability to identify high-risk shipments in order to prevent smuggling and ensure cargo safety and security. These regulations specifically fulfill the requirements of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 and the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002."
Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/