A new American law requires all shipping containers to be screened and scanned for weapons, explosives etc. before they can be imported into the USA. This means that scanning equipment will have to be installed in many European ports, incurring considerable costs.
Has the Commission held discussions with the US authorities on this matter?
How does the Commission feel about the fact that European ports, transport firms and ultimately the European consumer will be paying for the USA’s national security and its war on terror?
Will the Commission contest the validity of the method employed, namely of scanning all containers rather than focussing on the weak links in the transport chain?
Since this represents a distortion of competition for European undertakings, will the Commission raise the matter in the WTO, and if so, what negotiating position will it take?