HONG KONG — Importers will keep a close eye this weekend on this city’s port and others around the world, as a new U.S. Customs Service rule requiring shippers to provide the agency with 24-hour notice of what goods they’re loading onto cargo ships takes full effect .

The requirement is intended to allow Customs to keep closer tabs on the thousands of cargo containers that enter the U.S. every day. The fear is that those 40-foot boxes could be used to smuggle terrorist operatives or materials into the U.S.

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