Wednesday, July 08, 2009

What's Happening Here?

Last I heard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection was trying to impose penalties against Union Pacific for what Customs considered to be lax security relating to trains entering from Mexico. In July, 2008, UP filed a suit trying to avoid the penalty by pointing out that the trains were under CBP control, not UP's. As late as March, 2009, this suit was still working its way through the courts. Here is a press release update from UP.

Today, the AP is reporting that Union Pacific is donating an $800,000 rail inspection facility to CBP.

Is this related? Is it part of a settlement? It strikes me an an unusual move under the circumstances.

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