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Homeland Security Encouraging "Smart Box" Tracking

December 9th, 2003 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat

Early next year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will unveil a program for smart container seals that guarantee shipments have not been tampered with after inspection at foreign ports. The smart-seal program is part of the effort to ensure that no bombs or hazardous materials find their way into about seven million containers arriving at U.S. ports each year. Speaking at the recent E-Gov Homeland Security Conference in Washington, Jayson P. Ahern, Assistant Commissioner of Field Operations for the Customs and Border Protection Bureau, said a number of vendors are now testing smart-seal technologies. The quest for a "smart box" is part of the service‘s policy of pushing the nation’s first line of defense farther away from U.S. borders.

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