Friday, April 16, 2010

U.S. Port Security: a Global Issue

"Only 7-10% of the cargo that enters U.S. ports is scanned for illegal drugs or chemical, nuclear or biological agents, Homeland Security Department officials say. But they are quick to add that all cargo is “screened,” using a variety of cooperative programs and technologies, prior to reaching port.

Scanning and screening are very different, and the process begins far from the docks of an American port, starting days or weeks before a ship pulls in and begins unloading cargo. Patrick Simmons, director of Non-Intrusive Inspection Technologies at Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) unit, explained to DTI that while 100% of “high-risk cargo” is screened before entering American waters, only a small percentage of cargo that has not previously been flagged as “high risk” actually is physically screened."
Read the rest of the article in "U.S. Port Security Is A Global Issue", Aviation Week, April 15, 2010.  Click here for more news on port and maritime security.

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