February 28, 2007 9:40 AM, EST

Security & Safety Briefs — Feb. 22 - Feb. 28

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U.S. Delays Border Inspection Fees

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said it has delayed the implementation of a fee for inspections of Canadian-grown fruits and vegetables carried by truck or rail to the United States.The department said it would begin collecting the fee on June 1, three months later than previously planned.Under the regulation, trucks carrying fruits and vegetables to the United States from Canada would be charged a $5.25 fee. However, carriers could opt to pay the annual fee of $105. Transport Topics

Charleston Port Sets New Security System

The South Carolina State Ports Authority said Thursday it reached agreement with Savi Networks to deploy cargo information security services to three container terminals at the Port of Charleston.The agreement will expand the existing SaviTrak infrastructure that handles radio frequency identification, or RFID, data to track containers and their contents at the port and provide real-time location and status information and automated alerts.The U.S. SAFE Port Act of 2006 includes a requirement for technology to guard against tampering with sealed containers and a means of tracking their movements. Transport Topics

Oshkosh Wins $878 Million Army Contract

Specialty truck maker Oshkosh Truck Corp. said Friday it won an $878 million contract from the U.S. Army to continue producing vehicles used to haul equipment and supplies.Under the order, Oshkosh will deliver 1,857 new Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Trucks and loading vehicles, and 2,599 trailers, the company said in a statement.Oshkosh also will rebuild 1,130 worn or damaged trucks for the Army as part of the award.The trucks, loading vehicles and trailers are used to transport fuel, water, ammunition and supplies. Transport Topics

Survey Highlights Traffic Congestion Concern

More than a third of respondents in a national poll said that traffic congestion and accompanying delays pose “serious problem in their community.”While just 26% of those who live in the Midwest and 32% of those in the South say traffic congestion is a serious problem, the East’s level matched the national number, at 37%.The feeling was greatest in the West, where 56% believe traffic congestion is a serious problem.The Harris poll of 2,337 U.S. adults was conducted online between Jan. 11 and Jan. 18. Transport TopicsPrevious Security & Safety Briefs