U.S. announces first Mideast port to screen containers

| 12/14/2004

Dubai, part of the United Arab Emirates, has become the first Middle Eastern country to agree to prescreen shipping containers destined for the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the screening agreement Dec. 12.

Customs officials said the agreement was reached under its Container Security Initiative with Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. Dubai is the sixth largest port operator in the world, customs officials said.

Customs will send officers to the port of Dubai who will target sea containers destined for the United States. Dubai Customs officials, working with U.S. Customs officers, will screen any containers identified as a potential terrorist threat.