Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has made little progress in a goal to scan all cargo containers entering the United States, said a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The goal to scan 100 percent of inbound shipping containers by 2012 is part of the Secure Freight Initiative, under the 9/11 Commission Act.
None of the participating SFI ports have attained a consistent 100 percent scanning capability, said the report. The majority of containers at lower-volume ports are scanned, but at ports with higher volumes, CBP has been unable to scan more than five percent of containers consistently.
GAO suggested the border agency analyze costs, feasibility and cost-benefits, and present the results to Congress. The government report said CBP doesn’t have a plan to reach the scanning goal at all ports “because, according to agency officials, challenges encountered thus far in implementing SFI indicate that doing so worldwide will be difficult to achieve.”