Canada joins U.S. in expanding cargo security rules

Mon Nov 8, 2010 4:14pm EST
 
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VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Canada joined the United States in banning cargo and mail shipments from Somalia and Yemen on Monday, and put restrictions on transporting toner printer cartridges on passenger flights.

The restrictions are in response to the discovery two weeks ago of bombs hidden in cartridges being shipped to the United States from Yemen, although officials said on Monday they were unaware of any similar plots against Canada.

Passengers are barred from having cartridges weighing more than 16 ounces (454 grams) in their checked luggage, and those traveling to the United States from Canada cannot take any size cartridges in their carry-on bags.

Airlines are now prohibited from transporting larger cartridges in cargo shipments hauled on passenger flights leaving Canadian airports.

(Reporting by Allan Dowd; Editing by Frank McGurty)