US advised to backtrack on 100% container scanning

April 29, 2011 — Leave a comment
U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors ...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors

 A key US government advisory committee has recommended that Washington repeals legislation requiring 100% scanning of maritime containers, suggesting instead risk-based analysis of any threat. A report by the Commercial Operations Advisory Committee (COAC) states: “The mandate for 100% scanning of maritime containers and the 100% screening of air cargo on passenger aircraft contained within the September 11 Commission Recommendations Act should be re-evaluated in favour of risk-based measures that target high-risk shipments for physical inspections. “Further the requirement to scan 100% of maritime containers prior to vessel load should be repealed.” COAC, tasked with providing advice to the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Treasury, and the Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection, made its comments in reviewing the US government’s National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security.  This comes in the wake of recent recommendations to have the mandate extended until 2015. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation was told that the Department of Homeland Security would need “significant resources for greater manpower and technology – technologies that do not currently exist – and the redesign of many ports.

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