has taken the next step in a multi-tiered program to protect international
cargo from terrorists. The Sea Cargo Targeting Initiative is an
automated system that identifies high-risk sea-going shipments
into U.S. ports of entry. Customs said the initiative would produce
more thorough examinations of high-risk cargo by allowing agents
to be stationed at overseas ports.
contains three major components:
criteria to Customs' automated systems to reflect the latest information
about possible terrorist activity;
that all manifests are processed through the Automated Targeting
System and reviewed by trained personnel; and
procedures that Customs uses when the system identifies a high-risk
all high-risk sea containers would be examined by non-intrusive
inspection technology such as gamma-ray scanning, radiation detection,
checking of container seals and more internal container checks.