U.S. Homeland Security -
On August 1 the U.S. Homeland Security Department raised the threat
assessment level to Code ORANGE (high) for financial institutions
in New York City, Newark, NJ, and Washington DC. The rest of the
country remained on "YELLOW" (elevated).
2004 Republican National Convention in NYC
Street closures in the immediate vicinity of Madison Square Garden
will begin on Sunday, August 29th and are as follows:
West 31st to West 33rd Streets from 6th to 9th Avenues will be
closed to vehicle traffic. Between 7th and 9th Avenues, pedestrians
will need to have a business-related purpose to enter (like New
Year's Eve in Times Square).
West 32nd between 6th and 7th Avenue will be closed to vehicle
traffic. It will become a Pedestrian Mall, providing access to
Penn Station up through Penn Station's 7th Avenue entrance under
the MSG marquee. People will be able to enter Penn Station through
the entrance at 34th and 7th Avenue but not from 8th Avenue..
7th Avenue will be closed from 42nd to 29th Streets during the
13 hours when the convention is in session. At other times, at
least one lane will be open in the MSG area and all lanes will
be open elsewhere
8th Avenue will be closed during the convention hours from 23rd
to 34th Streets. Since 31st Street at 8th Avenue will be a designated
protest area, additional lane or avenue closures are likely south
of that point at other times during the week.
The Convention will not be in session during rush hour and it
has only one session during the day, on Monday from 10:00am to
1:00pm. The evening sessions will take place Monday through Thursday,
from 8:30pm to 11:00pm.
Motorists should avoid the area. Use public transportation if
possible. Parking will be limited. Some on-street parking will
be restricted. All trucks and vans will be subject to inspection
at spots around the neighborhood. There will be limitations for
trucks and vans on certain streets.
Sidewalks will be open for pedestrians, subject to some restrictions
around Madison Square Garden .
Editorial note: Vehicles entering the city, particularly trucks,
are subject to inspection and possible searches. Commercial drivers
are cautioned to make sure that their paperwork is in order and
that cargo is in good condition, properly marked, labeled, braced
and secure. Inspections may also extend to New Jersey and Connecticut.
On August 25, 2004 the New York City Police Department issued
the following press release:
Notice of Possible Personal Searches
by the NYPD
During the Republican National Convention, there may be times when the Police
Department conducts searches of bags, backpacks or other large packages of citizens
and visitors alike in order to insure the safety and security of everyone. Those
searches may take place on transit or commuter trains and stations, at demonstrations
or other locations where the need may arise.
Air Bag Inflators -
Our complaints about the handling of air bag inflators attracted a lot of attention
in the August Newsletter. If you care to add your two cents you can send
us feedback by addressing your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S./MEXICO Cross-Border Dangerous Goods Seminar -
The Dangerous Goods Advisory Council will conduct a two day seminar in San
Antonio, Texas on October 25-26, 2004. The seminar will focus on the differences
between the U.S. HAZMAT Regulations and the Mexican NOMS (Normas Para el
Transporte Terrestre de Materiales y Residuous Peligrosos). The event will
be held at Wyndham St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio.
This seminar has attracted considerable interest and will probably
fill all available openings pretty soon. If you import or export
dangerous goods via Mexico it is in your best interests to attend.
Additional information and registration forms are available on
the DGAC Website - www.dgac.org
The program will cover all modes of transportation. Representatives
of both governments and a large number of business entities will
be in attendance. If you are experiencing delays and frustration
this is your opportunity to straighten out problems on cross-border
shipments in both directions. We suggest that you might want to
have your Mexican or American business partners attend with you
as well as a representative of your forwarder or customs broker.
Important Dates -
September 1 and 2
Quarterly Meeting, Alexandria, VA
DGAC Members only
October 25 and 26
US/Mexico Seminar, San Antonio, TX
sponsored by DGAC - open to the public (fee)
November 17 – 19, 2004
DGAC Board and Committee Meetings
DGAC Annual Conference and Hazardous Materials Transportation Exposition, St.
Open to the public (fee)
March 3-4, 2005 -
there is a change from the original dates that we posted last month.
DGAC Global Conference, Antwerp, Belgium
Focus on International Dangerous Goods Issues - All Modes
Open to the public (fee)