WASHINGTON, July 26 (UPI) -- Cargo importers said they are concerned a sweeping shipping cargo security measure advancing through the U.S. Congress will bring the industry to its knees.
The measure would require every container entering the country to go through screening at foreign ports before it arrives, the Financial Times reported Thursday.
It is in line with recommendations made by the commission that investigated the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and both House and Senate Homeland Security committees agreed on a draft late Tuesday, the report said.
Before it comes up for full congressional debate, Erik Autor, vice-president for international trade at the National Retail Federation, warned there would be major technical challenges in meeting the bill's requirements, the Financial Times said.
Autor said he doubted the Department of Homeland Security had the technological and manpower resources to quickly examine the millions of images that would be created of containers scanned at overseas ports, the newspaper said.
Many Democrats claim last year's Safe Ports Act is too weak. It calls for all air freight to be examined within three years and all sea containers within five years, the report said.