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ALERT: New Cargo Rules For Airlines

WASHINGTON - The United States expanded its ban on air cargo shipments from Somalia in the wake of the package bomb plot originating from Yemen, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Monday.

Additionally, toner and ink cartridges that are over 16 ounces will be banned from all U.S. passenger flights and planes heading to the United States, she said. That ban will also apply to some air cargo shipments.

Other new rules include:

  • International mail packages sent to the U.S. must be screened individually and certified to have come from an established postal shipper;
  • Cargo shippers, such as UPS, Federal Express, and DHL, have been encouraged to report cargo manifests to Homeland Security faster, prior to departure, to aid in identifying risky cargo based on current intelligence.
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