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Dubai to Enter U.S. Cargo Security Program
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WASHINGTON - The United Arab Emirates is the first country in the Middle East to participate in a U.S. program intended to safeguard sea cargo from terrorists, U.S. customs officials said Sunday.

For the first time, U.S. customs inspectors will be stationed at the port of Dubai to screen sea cargo headed for America, the officials said.

It's part of a U.S. initiative begun in January 2002 amid heightened concerns about sea cargo security after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

The program seeks to prevent cargo from being used by terrorists to smuggle themselves or weapons into the United States.

"The UAE has acknowledged the absolute importance of securing cargo against terrorists," said Robert Bonner, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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