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U.S. agency helps fund cargo security program at L.A.-area ports


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Domestic Preparedness recently granted $6.9 million to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to continue testing Operation Safe Commerce, a program designed to increase inbound cargo security.

Launched in July 2002, the program aims to secure imported containers at the country of origin. The program’s goals include maintaining and communicating accurate cargo data, and ensuring empty containers haven’t been tampered with before being loaded, a container’s cargo contains no threatening materials and the container’s integrity hasn’t been breached during transit.

The ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Seattle/Tacoma and New York/New Jersey are jointly piloting the program and plan to use test results to establish national supply-chain security standards.

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