Safeguarding Shipping Profitably

By Jonathan Collins

A project to secure cargo containers from seaport to seaport shows that RFID can track shipments with 100 percent accuracy, improve safety and deliver some compelling financial benefits to importers.

More than 17,000 containers—roughly 80 percent of all U.S. imports—enter the United States by ship each year, yet U.S. customs and security officials open and inspect less than 2 percent of the containers arriving at seaports. The inability to check all of the containers represents a gaping hole in the nation’s domestic security. Government officials are concerned that terrorists could exploit the lack of security at ports by sneaking weapons o...

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