Background checks begin Aug. 10 for foreign hazmat haulers

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Starting Aug. 10, Canadian and Mexican truckers must undergo a federal background check before transporting placarded hazmat loads into the United States.

The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection’s Free and Secure Trade program oversees the background checks, which are stipulated in a six-year federal transportation funding bill passed in 2005. That bill bars Mexican and Canadian truckers from bringing hazmat, including explosives, into the United States after Aug. 10 unless their background check is equivalent to American hazmat truckers.

More information is available on the Hazmat Threat Assessment Program at www.tsa.gov or by calling (877) 429-7746.