DHS awards $17 million for Operation Safe Commerce
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach and the Port of Seattle-Tacoma will split $17.1 million in funds awarded by the Department of Homeland Security on Thursday to continue testing container tracking and security technologies and processes.
The money is being made available under the third phase of Operation Safe Commerce in which transportation providers, shippers, ports and technology companies collaborate to test new systems under real-world shipping conditions to see if they are reliable enough to deploy industry wide.
The Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach will receive $6.7 million. The Port of Seattle-Tacoma and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will each receive $5.2 million.
The government has provided $55 million for the first two rounds of Operation Safe Commerce. DHS is expected to soon announce some of its preliminary results from the first two phases for containers transiting the three load centers.