Alternate United States DOT Rule on Explosives

In February, 2003 the US Department of Transportation issued an interim final rule concerning the importation of explosives into the United States from Canada or Mexico. For a copy please see http://www.epa.gov/fedrgstr/EPA-IMPACT/2003/February/Day-06/i3005.htm

This generated the following note from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms:

Effective February 3, 2003, ports must deny entry of any explosive materials intended for commerce, being transported by rail or highway, by any person who is not a U.S. citizen/resident, attempting to enter the U.S. from Canada or Mexico, unless that person's name and driver's license number appears on the list provided by the TSA. The list will be continually updated and posted on the Automated Commercial System (ACS) Bulletin Board, located under OTO1 - Trade Enforcement - Internal Use.

Any explosives being transported by truck will now require the inspector to verify the driver against the TSA-approved list. Any driver who is not a U.S. citizen/resident or whose name is not on the TSA-approved list may not proceed into the U.S. and the explosives are denied entry.

Any explosives being transported by rail, must be stopped at the border. Inspectors must verify crew members against the TSA-approved list. Any train crew member who is not a U.S. citizen/resident or whose name is not on the TSA-approved list, must disembark the train.

For more information on the list of known drivers with Canadians driver's licenses, please contact Mr Dave McCulloch, Natural Resources Canada, at (613) 995-8995.

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