By: Kylie Bull, Contributing Editor 03/20/2014 ( 1:23pm)
US Customs and Border Protection announced that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will participate in the Container Security Initiative (CSI).The CSI program increases the security of containerized maritime cargo ’s shipped to the United States from around the world by addressing the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential threat of terrorists and terrorist weapons in the maritime environment.
“The success of CBP’s risked-based approach to security is dependent on the support of our partners,” said the newly confirmed CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.The Port of Aqaba will utilize near real-time remote imaging of a container examination process while incorporating a live video transmission/feed to monitor the inspection process. Non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection technology will be used to screen high-risk containers before they are shipped to US ports.
On average, about 25,000 seagoing containers arrive at US seaports every day. There are currently 58 operational CSI ports in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America. Approximately 85 percent of maritime cargo containers destined for the United States transit through CSI ports.
The US Ambassador Jordan, Stuart Jones, visited the Port of Aqaba on March 18 and donated a $183,000 scanning truck as part of the US government’s Export Control and Border Security program. The van will assist Jordan’s Customs Department to detect illegally trafficked items. The Ambassador also inspected various other security equipment in operation at the port.Jordan, which shares a border with Syria, has intercepted two vehicles crossing from Syria loaded with weapons and the amphetamine phenethylline, which the Jordanian Petra news agency says is a drug widely used by Syrian rebels.
The news agency reported that one of the vehicles and its cargo were destroyed when it was fired on by border guards during the operation on March 20.