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Jordan to Participate in Container Security Initiative

Friday, March 21, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced March 18 that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will participate in the Container Security Initiative. Jordan’s port of Aqaba will utilize near real-time remote imaging of a container examination process while incorporating a live video transmission/feed to monitor the inspection process. Non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection technology will be used to screen high-risk containers before they are shipped to U.S. ports.

CSI was developed in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to address the threat posed by the potential for terrorist use of a maritime container to deliver a weapon. The three core elements of this program are using automated targeting tools to identify containers that pose a potential risk for terrorism based on advance information and strategic intelligence; screening containers as early in the supply chain as possible, generally at the port of departure; and using technology (e.g., large-scale X-ray and gamma ray machines) to pre-screen high-risk containers to ensure that screening can be done rapidly without slowing down the movement of trade.

There are currently 58 operational CSI ports in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and North and South America. Approximately 80% of maritime cargo containers destined for the U.S. transit through CSI ports.

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