CBP's Ability to Detect Biological and Chemical Threats in Maritime Cargo Containers (Redacted)

This report focuses on the weaknesses and strengths of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP's) ability to identify and detect chemical and biological threats in maritime cargo containers. The report finds that, while CBP has taken various steps to mitigate the threat posed by nuclear and radiological weapons in maritime cargo containers, it could do more to mitigate threats posed by biological and chemical weapons. In particular, CBP has not conducted a formal risk assessment to determine which pathways pose the highest risk of these weapons entering the United States. Further, the agency needs to update its policies and procedures for conducting inspections for these threats.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices;
  • Pagination: 19p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01144532
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: OIG-10-01
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 2009 11:36AM