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100-Percent Cargo Inspection: A Means to What End?

Inspecting 100 percent of all ocean cargo for "weapons of mass destruction" or other contraband sounds reasonable, unless you've worked in manufacturing and understand that the need for inspections is a symptom of poorly designed and controlled processes.

The call to inspect all inbound ocean containers began shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the requirement was included in the 9/11 Act passed by Congress in 2007. The bill sets a deadline of July 1, 2012 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement 100-percent inspection of all inbound cargo containers. Now U.S. Government Accountability Office report ("Homeland Security: DHS's Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Maritime, Aviation, and Cybersecurity") says it is highly unlikely that CPB will meet the July 2012 deadline.

Is-100 percent inspection necessary? Asked differently: Should the focus be on inspections or on developing more transparent and better designed and controlled global supply chain processes? I vote for the latter.

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Inspecting 100 percent of all ocean cargo for "weapons of mass destruction" or other contraband sounds reasonable, unless you've worked in manufacturing and understand that the need for inspections is a symptom of poorly designed and controlled processes.

The call to inspect all inbound ocean containers began shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the requirement was included in the 9/11 Act passed by Congress in 2007. The bill sets a deadline of July 1, 2012 for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to implement 100-percent inspection of all inbound cargo containers. Now U.S. Government Accountability Office report ("Homeland Security: DHS's Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Maritime, Aviation, and Cybersecurity") says it is highly unlikely that CPB will meet the July 2012 deadline.

Is-100 percent inspection necessary? Asked differently: Should the focus be on inspections or on developing more transparent and better designed and controlled global supply chain processes? I vote for the latter.

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