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U.S., France in Cargo Deal

June 28, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. inspectors, trying to prevent smuggling of nuclear and other deadly weapons, will screen cargo containers destined for the United States before they leave Le Havre, France, the Customs Service said Friday.

The agreement with the French government allows U.S. customs inspectors to be stationed at that port for the first time.

Customs has entered into similar agreements _ aimed at improving cargo security at the world’s seaports _ with Canada, Singapore, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Last year, around 108,300 cargo containers entered the United States from Le Havre, Customs said. Customs hopes to place some officers at the Le Havre seaport in a few months.

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