- CARGO SCANNING BILL SIGNED: President Bush signed a national security bill Friday that will implement some of the findings of the 9/11 Commission, require 100 percent screening of all cargo containers at foreign ports within five years, and shift money to high-risk states and cities for security programs. Democrats claimed another legislative victory with passage of the bill, which could have significant implications for firms that import billions of dollars worth of apparel each year and could face delays or sourcing changes if ports fail to come on line in time. The bill requires foreign ports to scan all U.S.-bound cargo containers for radiation and nuclear materials, as well as x-ray them for suspicious materials, by July 2012. But it does give the Homeland Security secretary authority to extend the five-year deadline in two-year increments if ports cannot comply in time and meet certain conditions.

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