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ST-Port of Entry Forensics and Investigations

The Port of Entry Forensics and Investigations program is a multi-year effort within the DHS S&T to (1) detect the transport of contraband and counterfeit merchandise in inbound and outbound cargo at ports of entry and (2) detect and prosecute illegal activity through the forensic analysis of material collected from suspicious cargo and packages.

ST-Port of Entry Based Technology

The Port of Entry Based Technology program is a multi-year effort within DHS S&T that will enhance Customs and Border Protection’s effectiveness in detecting contraband at ports of entry while increasing the throughput of legitimate cargo

DHS Statement on Extending the Jones Act Waiver

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke extended the limited Jones Act Waiver initially signed on September 8 at the recommendation of the Departments of Defense and Energy.

DHS Signs Jones Act Waiver

Today, in recognition of the severity of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke approved a waiver of the federal Jones Act.  This waiver will ensure that over the next week, all options are available to distribute fuel to states and territories impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, both historic storms.

Automated straddle carriers place intermodal cargo containers on conveyors for scanning.

New Radiation Detection System Operational at Major U.S. Port

All containerized cargo coming into seaports in the United States is scanned by radiation detection equipment.  Recently a new radiation detection system began operating at the Trans Pacific Container Service Corporation (TraPac) terminal at the Port of Los Angeles in California.  The new system automatically scans inbound cargo for nuclear and other radioactive material. 

Photo of the Week

CBP agent on a ship holds a rope in the waterVigilance means sometimes we have to hold our breath so you can breathe easy. U.S. Customs and Border Protection dive crews from Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue (BORSTAR) carry out inspections on a cargo ship to detect threats before they ever reach our shores.

Photo of the Week

signingSecretary Jeh Johnson and Mexican Secretary of Finance and Public Credit Luis Videgaray Caso sign an agreement establishing the Cargo Pre-Inspection Program, an innovative program that enhances cooperation between our two countries in support of rapid and secure trade. In Mexico, Secretary Johnson  met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and other senior government officials to discuss our shared security and commercial interests. Official DHS Photo by Barry Bahler.


Air Cargo Program

Since the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) must ensure that 100 percent of cargo on all passenger flights in the United States is screened. To assist, the Department of Homeland Security, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is characterizing the air cargo environment (cargo, contamination and facilities), assessing new and modified screening systems, and developing new and advanced screening and detection tools and technologies. New technologies must screen more effectively without impacting the efficient flow of air cargo.

DHS Advances Development of the U.S. Single Window

This week marks the one year anniversary of the release of Executive Order 13659: Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses. This Executive Order set an ambitious deadline of December 2016 for the Department of Homeland Security to complete the International Trade Data System (ITDS) and other modernization activities to improve the security and facilitation of goods crossing our Nation’s borders.


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