By  on May 28, 2008

WASHINGTON — Despite improved U.S. port security and container inspections, holes in the system might be exploited by terrorists, according to a report by Congressional investigators released Tuesday.

The Government Account-ability Office study focused on a program that allows companies to certify the security of their supply chain based on certain guidelines in order to speed processing. The report said there had been advancements at the ports but found flaws in government verification of the practices of firms enrolled in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism initiative, known as C-TPAT.

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