Another Kink in the Chain

We await the next step in the legislative process toward stronger inspection of cargo inbound to the U.S. The U.S. House in January passed H.R. 1: Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007, which amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. The bill now awaits Senate modification and approval.
Among the proposed rules:

  • 100% inspection of cargo transported on passenger aircraft.
  • 100% inspection of cargo containers, including scans for radiation, density, and atomic elements.
  • Potential acceleration of plans to implement an automated biometric entry and exit data system.

Some of this will be paid for by fees assessed on air passengers. Certainly, however, there will be increased costs in logistics and lapses time that will be the burden of OEMs. And U.S. customers will be faced with longer delivery times from offshore factories, thus confounding efforts to streamline the supply chain.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association ( He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow