TWIC Reader Rule Delay of Effective Date


As of June 22, 2018, “The Coast Guard published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the Federal Register to delay the effective date for certain facilities affected by the final rule entitled “Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Reader Requirements,” which was published in the Federal Register Aug. 23, 2016.”

The Coast Guard proposes to delay the effective date until August 23, 2021 for the two following two categories of facilities.

    • Facilities that handle certain dangerous cargoes in bulk, but do not transfer these cargoes to or from a vessel.
    • Facilities that receive vessels carrying certain dangerous cargoes in bulk, but do not, during that vessel-to-facility interface, transfer these bulk cargoes to or from those vessels.


Vessels and facilities that handle certain dangerous cargoes in bulk and transfer it to or from a vessel, would still be required to comply with the final rule by August 23, 2018.

“This proposed delay is to consider industry input asking us to reconsider the scope of the TWIC Reader final rule and to re-evaluate the underlying methodology used to determine the facilities subject to the electronic TWIC inspection requirements,” said Capt. Ryan Manning, chief of the Office of Port and Facility Compliance. “The Coast Guard views public participation as essential to effective rulemaking and encourages comments be submitted through the Federal eRulemaking Portal.”

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