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The four core elements of CSI are:
• Identify high-risk containers. CBP uses automated targeting tools to identify containers that pose a potential risk for terrorism, based on advance information and strategic intelligence.
• Prescreen and evaluate containers before they are shipped. Containers are screened as early in the supply chain as possible, generally at the port of departure.
• Use technology to prescreen high-risk containers to ensure that screening can be done rapidly without slowing down the movement of trade. This technology includes large-scale X-ray and gamma ray machines and radiation detection devices.
• Use smarter, more secure containers, which will allow CBP officers at United States ports of arrival to identify containers that have been tampered with during transit.
CBP’s goal is to have 50 operational CSI ports by the end of fiscal year 2006. At that time, approximately 90 percent of all transatlantic and transpacific cargo imported into the United States will be subjected to prescreening. CSI continues to expand to strategic locations around the world. The World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Union (EU), and the G8 support CSI expansion and have adopted resolutions implementing CSI security measures introduced at ports throughout the world.
CSI is a reciprocal program and offers its participant countries the opportunity to send their customs officers to major U.S. ports to target ocean-going, containerized cargo being exported to their countries. Likewise, CBP shares information on a bilateral basis with its CSI partners. Japan and Canada currently station their customs personnel in some U.S. ports as part of the CSI program. Information sharing between the U.S. and other Customs Services enhances the ability of both services to identify all containers that pose a potential threat.
42 CSI ports are currently operational:
Canada - Halifax, Montreal, and Vancouver.
The Netherlands - Rotterdam.
France - Le Havre and Marseille.
Germany - Bremerhaven and Hamburg.
Belgium - Antwerp and Zeebrugge.
Singapore - Singapore.
Japan - Yokohama, Tokyo, Nagoya and Kobe.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong.
Sweden - Gothenburg.
U.K. - Felixstowe, Liverpool, Thamesport, Tilbury, and Southampton.
Italy - Genoa, La Spezia, Livorno, Naples and Gioia Tauro.
Korea - Pusan.
South Africa - Durban.
Malaysia - Port Klang and Tanjung Pelepas.
Greece - Piraeus.
Spain - Algeciras.
Thailand - Laem Chabang.
United Arab Emirates (UAE) - Dubai.
China - Shanghai, Shenzhen and Kaohsiung.
Brazil - Santos.
Sri Lanka - Colombo.
Argentina - Buenos Aires.
Portugal - Lisbon
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