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Great Lakes ports get smaller slice of security money

Fences now enclose many docks on the Great Lakes, extra lighting has been installed, security patrols added and new surveillance cameras positioned to record all traffic in and out. The changes are required at all ports nationwide, but Great Lakes ports, vessels and companies received 2.6 percent of the federal money designated for the upgrades. Most of the cash has gone to coastal ports, which arguably face the greater threat. Port directors say they are spending money on security that otherwise would pay for improvements — such as dredging channels — at the gateways for materials used in construction and to produce steel used in automobiles, appliances and other consumer goods. The volume of imported cargo moving through U.S. ports is expected to double by 2020, according to the U.S. Customs Service. Canada is the nation’s largest trading partner. Full Story

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