Shippers whose containers are picked for inspection by Customs' Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) van may face additional delays of up to 21 days, said Kathleen M. Haage-Gaynor, area director for Customs and Border Protection.
"Our biggest problem is that we aren't getting the containers," she
said, noting that Customs
staff are working 24 hours a day, but that terminals are only open eight hours."We are ramming, cramming and jamming all port activities into eight hours [a day]," she
said."What about the other 16?"
In addition, Customs
is now inspecting 7 per cent of all containers moving through New York, up from 2 per cent previously.