Jordan to Participate in Container Security Initiative to Screen Cargo Destined for U.S.

WASHINGTON —U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will participate in the Container Security Initiative.  CSI increases security for maritime containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world by addressing the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential threat of terrorists and terrorist weapons in the maritime environment.

“The success of CBP’s risked-based approach to security is dependent on the support of our partners,” said CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske.  “We are pleased to be continuing the success of the Container Security Initiative with the Kingdom of Jordan.”

The Port of Aqaba will utilize near real-time remote imaging of a container examination process, while incorporating a live video transmission/feed to monitor the inspection process.  Non-intrusive inspection and radiation detection technology will be used to screen high-risk containers before they are shipped to U.S. ports. The declaration of principles was signed in Amman, Jordan on July 26, 2011. 

On average, about 25,000 seagoing containers arrive at America’s seaports every day.  Launched in January 2002, CSI is a revolutionary and dynamic initiative aimed at securing maritime cargo shipments against terrorist threats. There are currently 58 operational CSI ports in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America. Approximately 80% of maritime cargo containers destined for the United States transit through CSI ports.