ATF issues final rule for labeling imported explosives
The U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives will soon begin requiring licensed importers to identify by marking all explosive materials they import for sale or distribution.
Currently, only licensed domestic explosives manufacturers are required to place identification markings on explosives. Similar marking requirements were not required for imported explosive materials.
“Identification markings are needed on explosives to help ensure that these materials can be effectively traced for criminal enforcement purposes,” the ATF said.
The ATF does not have regulatory oversight over overseas manufacturers, but it does have authority over licensed importers of explosive materials. “This rule will impose identification requirements on licensed importers of explosive materials that are substantially similar to the marking requirements imposed on domestic manufacturers,” the agency said.
For more information about the rule, effective July 26, access on line: http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20051800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2005/05-10618.htm.