GAO Finds Problems with Port Security Program

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Washington (AP) A program designed to tighten port security has some holes in it.

The government accountability office says the customs-trade partnership against terrorism program relies too heavily on self-reported information from those involved. Some 8,000 importers, port authorities, and air, sea and land carriers are getting benefits such as reduced scrutiny of their cargo.

The GAO also says that companies can be certified for reduced customs inspections before they've fully improved their security. The report notes that customs employees are not required to use third-parties or other security audits.

Customs officials agree they need to do more follow-up on security improvements.