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Make shippers pay

Here is a solution to the problem of funding for port inspections of incoming goods under the Homeland Security Act.

Charge all shippers the cost of inspecting the goods they are carrying into the country whether the goods are being shipped in by rail, sea or air. Such an inspection charge could be called a “user fee” if it needs a name.

Seaports, airports and rail yards already have a customs inspection facility. These could be expanded to include up to 100 percent inspection of all incoming goods at no cost to American taxpayers under this arrangement.

In addition to providing complete security from importation of weapons, contraband or articles of terrorism, this plan would also provide protection to American manufacturers from cheap foreign goods, because this

inspection fee would be passed on by the shippers (the freight companies) to the manufacturers of the imported goods, which in turn would be added to the prices of the goods sold here.

Obviously, this would raise the price of foreign goods, making American-made products more competitive in the market. It’s a simple solution to two big problems.

Bob Jacobs
Greensburg


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