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Container security top-of-mind for import/export firms, report says

Container security is the No. 1 concern among supply-chain operation executives at the largest global import and export firms, according to a report issued by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney. About 95 percent of today’s containers aren’t inspected for security threats.

Conducted in collaboration with the International Cargo Security Council (ICSC), the report states that new technologies, such as radio frequency identification-enabled “smart boxes,” could improve security by increasing container visibility.

“The report underscores what ICSC has emphasized for more than 30 years: Governments, shippers, carriers, service and solution providers must put aside their sometimes differing issues and work together when they share common issues around cargo security, said ICSC Executive Director Joe Baker in a prepared statement.

Other concerns expressed by executives include unreliable information caused by manual data entry and disparate information systems, rising inventories, lead-time variances and container-loss prevention.

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