Vehicle Scanning at Border Made Mandatory by New U. S. Law

On January 5, 2021 a new act, The Securing America’s Ports Act, was signed into existence requiring “a plan to expeditiously scan all commercial and passenger vehicles entering the United States at a land port of entry using large-scale non-intrusive inspection systems, such as X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems, or similar technology,” the summary says.

The rule gives 180 days from enactment, which would be this summer, for the Department of Homeland Security to give a report to the Committee on Homeland security and others outlining what it will take to increase to “100 percent the rate of high-throughput scanning of commercial passenger vehicles and freight rail traffic entering the United States at land ports of entry and rail-border crossings along the border using large-scale non-intrusive inspection systems or similar technology to enhance border security.”

The concern is that the requirement will cause traffic congestion at the borders and ports and disrupt the supply chain.