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In Brief: Cargo Bill Back On Board… Tory Spreads Out

A legislative proposal - opposed by importers - that mandates the screening of all U.S.-bound cargo containers at foreign ports has popped back up on the radar.

CARGO BILL BACK ON BOARD: A legislative proposal — opposed by importers — that mandates the screening of all U.S.-bound cargo containers at foreign ports has popped back up on the radar. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) reached an agreement Monday to send a broad national security bill to a conference committee after it was shelved for four months because of differences between the House and Senate versions passed earlier this year. The House bill contains the 100 percent cargo scanning mandate and the Senate bill does not, which will likely lead to contentious negotiations. The House legislation would mandate a phased-in application of technology to monitor for radiation and weapons at large foreign ports within three years and at small foreign ports within five years.

TORY SPREADS OUT: Tory Burch’s retail expansion continues. The designer is set to open an 1,800-square-foot store in the Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Fla., next week and an almost 2,400-square-foot location at 66 East Walton in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood in September. The boutiques, Burch’s ninth and 10th locations, will carry the designer’s ready-to-wear collection, handbags, shoes and children’s apparel.

This story first appeared in the July 11, 2007 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.