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Tighter Cargo Security Proposed

U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposed stiff new regulations yesterday designed to prevent terrorists from sneaking weapons or operatives into the United States in cargo shipments. The rules create a system that requires all shippers to electronically transmit information about their goods and the recipients far enough before arrival to allow Customs to determine whether it needs to intensively inspect the cargo. The system seeks to increase the efficiency of inspections by ruling out “the larger percentage of cargoes that don’t pose risks” in order to target those either identified as risks by intelligence or “about which we don’t know anything,” said Robert C. Bonner, commissioner of the Customs Service, which is now overseen by the Department of Homeland Security. He said Tom Ridge, Homeland Security director, had signed off on the regulations. Full Story

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