Shippers: Proposed Security Measures Disrupt Commerce

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
While lawmakers intend to move quickly to pass legislation aimed at improving maritime and cargo security, officials with major shipping and container companies fear some new rules could be disastrous for international commerce. Industry experts worry that new regulations for screening and inspecting cargo could place odious and costly requirements on shippers, and they are urging lawmakers to be cautious. Lawmakers and industry officials agree that more scrutiny needs to be given to what is inside cargo containers, but exactly how that should be done is a matter of dispute. A bill introduced by House Armed Services Chairman Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., for example, would mandate the inspection of all cargo coming into the United States. Another measure by Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and House Transportation and Infrastructure ranking member James Oberstar, D-Minn., would require all containers to be scanned before being loaded onto a ship bound for the United States. Shippers caution that a full inspection of all containers is unfeasible and expensive. Some suggest that emphasis should be placed on inspecting cargo that is deemed high-risk, while keeping containers moving through ports. Homeland Security say they screen all cargo, which means an inspector reviews a manifest stating what is in every container. Only cargo that raises a red flag is actually inspected, which now comprises about 5 percent of the roughly 10 million containers that arrive in the United States each year. (Source: GovExec.com)
Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

TOTE Finalizes Charter for LNG Containerships

World’s first LNG powered containerships to serve Puerto Rico TOTE, Inc. announced an agreement today between its operating companies TOTE Shipholdings Inc.

Hamburg Süd Opens Office in India

Hamburg Süd announced the opening of an office in Gandhidham, India, on October 1, 2014. It is the second branch office in the state of Gujarat. Hamburg Süd already has three offices in Mumbai,

GAC Marine Logistics Shifts Central Office to Singapore

In a move that brings it closer to key Asian markets, ship spares logistics specialist GAC Marine Logistics (GML) has relocated its head office to Singapore. The

Maritime Security

Gulf of Guinea Antipiracy Guidelines Updated

The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection

DP World Acquires Dubai-based World Security FZE

DP World today announces that it has acquired World Security FZE for total consideration of $25.5 million. World Security FZE provides security services

Recipitents of Australian Search and Rescue Awards

Five Tasmania Police officers will be recognised for their outstanding contribution to search and rescue tonight at this year’s Australian Search and Rescue Awards in Sydney.

 
 
Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1790 sec (6 req/sec)