The Journal of Commerce (JOC
) is reporting that there could be real trouble coming up in the ports, airports and other transportation facilities, as employees who are trying to renew their Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC
) card are experiencing delays. TWIC cards were issued after 9/11 for unescorted access into secure areas at port terminals, airports and other transportation areas. Once a TWIC card expires a driver or employee no longer has unescorted access. Renewals are very heavy at this time, and delays are causing many drivers to be turned away.
If the delay in TWIC renewals continue, ports may soon be unable to operate. The matter was raised at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Coast Guard and maritime transport subcommittee, where it was stated that some 60,000 TWIC cards in and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will need renewal this year. Even the TSA
has reservations about how quickly renewals can be issued as it is advising that employees file for renewal four months before their old cards expire. My TWIC card expires next year, should I renew now?
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