US imposes new safety measures on the incoming freight shipments

The AMERICAN authorities are private airlines to give them more notice about certain types of cargo that officials believe may pose a security risk.

The new measure took effect Tuesday.

Airlines operating aircraft with a commercial load now you need certain information about the cargo to the U. S. Customs and Border Protection prior to loading of the aircraft.

Until now, airlines are not required to provide the information about the cargo until a few hours before the aircraft arrival. Officials said that meant that the Customs authorities would not have enough time to identify items that could be bombs, or chemical or biological weapons until the plane was already on the way to a US destination.

The customs said that it will be able to order airline crews are not loading suspicious cargo. The government is not the detail of the information that the airlines have to offer.

The airline industry and officials have said that many airlines are voluntarily taking the steps that under the new rule. The requirements for U.S.-bound cargo are comparable with the standards earlier this year on passenger aircraft operated by several Middle Eastern airlines.

A spokesperson of the airline industry trade group Airlines for America, said that his group is reviewing the details of the rule, but has long favored the creation of measures for the advance screening of cargo required.

The spokesperson Vaughn Jennings, said that because the security measures to take before aircraft are loaded they cause minimal disruption to freight shipments.

The Customs agency said in advance, the screening of cargo has helped in the identification of a ‘substantial amount of high-risk cargo,” including shipments with possible ties to terrorists.

The threat of the air cargo was highlighted in 2010, when terrorists hid bombs in printer cartridges sent from Yemen in a plot designed to make the aircraft in the United States. After a tip from Saudi arabian security officials, the devices were found while the planes were stopped in England, and the United Arab Emirates.


Colleen Long in Washington contributed to this report.

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