Ahlstrom cautioned that the decision to go with a five-year plan should not be viewed as a setback, since itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s more important that stepped up security measures be done correctly rather than quickly. Ã¢â‚¬Å›If we have a finished structure as to what exactly everyone has to do, and then provide enough time and resources to do it, then that puts us in a better position,Ã¢â‚¬Å¥ he added.
While Rogers and Ahlstrom both believe this bill has the potential to make supply chains more secure, Kelby Woodard, president of Trade Innovations, a supply chain security and customs consultancy, has a much different understanding. Ã¢â‚¬Å›What does Congress [and the Senate] hope to gain by this legislation?Ã¢â‚¬Å¥ asked Woodard. Ã¢â‚¬Å›They certainly are not using our hard-earned tax dollars to secure the homeland in the most logical and effective way possible. The requirement for 100-percent scanningÃ¢â‚¬Â¦is essentially a 'feel goodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ measure.Ã¢â‚¬Å¥
At the end of the day, said Woodard, Congress will have Ã¢â‚¬Å›added complexity to global trade, overloaded CBP with useless information, strained the port infrastructures of the world, damaged our international credibility, created a security policy that is weakened by inflexibility...and made themselves feel a whole lot better in the process.Ã¢â‚¬Å¥
Woodard added that the potential implications of this bill on global trade are enormous, citing how the export community should Ã¢â‚¬Å›brace themselves for retaliatory actions on the part of other countries that may enact similar regulations regarding containers leaving the U.S.Ã¢â‚¬Å¥
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