administration met June 18 with groups representing trucking companies,
port authorities and airlines to lessen concerns that homeland
security efforts might hamper international trade, AP reports.
and Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner said the proposed
Department of Homeland Security will keep trade moving and also
improve security. "We need to understand that enhancing border
security and facilitating commerce must be the dual mission,"
concerned about how the new department might handle efforts to
improve the movement of goods across borders. In addition, they
worry whether trade concerns would take a back seat to fighting
terrorists and other domestic security measures.
the president, in a message to Congress that accompanied his plan
to create the new agency, noted the need to simultaneously improve
security and "expedite the legal flow of goods on which our