An American federal agency is suggesting Canadian ports taking in U.S.-bound cargo, in particular Prince Rupert, B.C., lack the tight security measures in place in the United States for cargo shipped directly to its ports.
The report by the five-member Federal Maritime Commission points out that Prince Rupert isn't a "CSI" port. CSI is an acronym for the Container Security Initiative, a program implemented by U.S. Customs and Border Control to pre-screen more than 86 per cent of U.S.-bound container cargo.
"Vancouver, Montreal and Halifax are CSI ports; Prince Rupert is not," reads the report obtained by The Canadian Press on the eve of its official release.
Nor does Canada implement the so-called "10-plus-two" program imposed on importers by U.S. Customs and Border Control since 2009, the report points out.