President Bush yesterday signed a sweeping measure to
tighten security at the nation's seaports by using more
technology to screen shipping containers, requiring
security checks on port workers and improving efforts to
monitor U.S.-bound cargo at foreign ports.
The law also provides a guaranteed source of funding
for some of the security measures and $400 million a year
in grants for counterterrorism efforts, a commitment long
sought by the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach.
The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act – or
SAFE Port Act – makes the federal government responsible
for quickly restoring commerce at any port disrupted by a
terrorist act, another step the major ports and their
congressional representatives have wanted.
Bush said the bill authorizes the use of “21st century
inspection equipment” that can check cargo inside shipping
containers without opening them and detect nuclear or
The bipartisan bill passed both the House and Senate