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Air Cargo Screening Gaps Threaten Security, Audit Says

(Jim Bronskill – CBC News)

Better oversight, training, and detection technology are needed to keep illicit drugs and other contraband from slipping into the country in air cargo, an internal audit says.

The Canada Border Services Agency audit says the findings are significant because commercial air cargo accounts for about one-quarter of all arriving shipments.

The audit team visited the high-volume airports in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal as well as three unidentified smaller ones in their study of the agency’s air cargo examination program. Regional border services officers scrutinize incoming goods, decide whether to allow them entry and take action if they discover violations. Read more here.