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Global Group Backs Antiterror Customs Standards

The World Customs Organization voted Thursday in Brussels to endorse comprehensive standards intended to fight terrorism, a step that United States officials predict will revolutionize the way goods are tracked as they move around the globe. More than 50 nations immediately agreed to put the standards into effect. Under the standards, cargo containers will at times be inspected by customs officials as they leave a port, instead of at their destination. In addition, private importers will get preferred customs handling in return for tightening security to prevent terrorists from using their containers to transport banned weapons. Full Story

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