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Cargo (or freight) is a term used to denote goods or produce being transported generally for commercial gain, usually on a ship, plane, train, van or truck. In modern times, containers are used in most intermodal long-haul cargo transport.
Cargo represents a concern to U.S. national security. It was reported out of Washington, DC that in 2003 over 6 million cargo containers are entering the United States each year. After the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the security of this magnitude of cargo has become highlighted. The latest US Government response to this threat is the CSI: Container Security Initiative. CSI is a program intended to help increase security for containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world.