About Those Shipping Containers
We've heard the line, "95% of all shipping containers entering this country are not inspected" incessantly in this campaign season. Sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, doesn't it? Michelle Malkin
has referenced some interesting facts about the port security process. The truth of the matter is a lot less troubling than the political rhetoric. Basically, it turns out that 100% of manifests are reviewed before any cargo enters our waters and the high-risk cargo, which is usually about 5% of the total amount, is then inspected firsthand.
So the current system seems to work. To consider the suggested remedy inherent in the political rhetoric, imagine how much the cost of everything arriving by ship would rise if 100% of all cargo containers entering our waters were inspected firsthand regardless of risk. The longshoremen might not like it much, themselves.