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CHAPTER 12 US PORT SECURITY

Maritime Safety Security and Piracy

CHAPTER 12 US PORT SECURITY 1. INTRODUCTION Each year, 7,500 commercial vessels make 51,000 calls at 361 US ports (Makrinos, 2004). In 2002 approximately 7 million containers arrived at US ports, carrying more than 95% of the nation’s non-North American trade by weight and 75% by value (Government Accountability Office, 2003). While US ports are engines for growing the US economy, their cargoes are also vulnerable targets for terrorists (Cooperman, 2004). A single US import transaction typically involves 30 different documents and at least 25 parties, e.g., shipowners, truckers, freight forwarders and third-party logistics providers.

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