WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner has laid to rest any doubts about his agency’s intent to enforce the "24-hour rule" on Feb. 2, as importers’ concerns continue to mount over whether carriers are prepared.

"As I have said before, this is an issue of national security and Customs intends to take compliance seriously," said Bonner in a speech at the Foreign Press Center last week. "We applaud the efforts of those shippers and carriers that have taken the rule and implementation period seriously — and many, many have — but we caution those that have not."

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