WASHINGTON — U.S. Customs Service Commissioner Robert Bonner said Monday that more than 400 U.S. companies have agreed to step up dramatically the security measures they take with their cargo overseas, to avoid the possibility of terrorists using shipping containers to smuggle weapons or operatives into the U.S.

This is part of the Customs’ post-Sept. 11 campaign to overhaul international cargo security to avoid the dire economic consequences that would result if, even for a short time, the U.S. had to shut its ports to all goods because of a terrorist attack.

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