The United States and The Bahamas signed a Memorandum of Understanding on December 30, 2004, to begin the implementation of the Megaports Initiative.
The objective of this initiative is to deter, detect, and interdict illicit nuclear and radioactive materials being trafficked through the global maritime system
CONTAINER SECURITY INITIATIVE (CSI)
CSI addresses the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential for terrorist use of a maritime container to deliver a weapon. CSI proposes a security regime to ensure all containers that pose a potential risk for terrorism are identified and inspected at foreign ports before they are placed on vessels destined for the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has stationed multidisciplinary teams of U.S. officers from both CBP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to target and prescreen containers and to develop additional investigative leads related to the terrorist threat to cargo destined to the United States.
The three core elements of CSI are:
Through CSI, CBP officers work with host customs administrations to establish security criteria for identifying high-risk containers. Those administrations use non-intrusive inspection (NII) and radiation detection technology to screen high-risk containers before they are shipped to U.S. ports.
Freeport Container Port works closely with on-site US Customs & Border Protection officers to ensure full compliance and adherence with CSI.
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