Five years after Con­gress set a dead­line for requiring all U.S.-bound ship­ping con­tainers to be X-​​rayed over­seas for nuclear weapons, cus­toms offi­cials have all but given up on the goal.

Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion offi­cials scanned with X-​​ray or gamma-​​ray machines 473,380, or 4.1 per­cent, of the 11.5 mil­lion con­tainers shipped in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, according to the agency. That’s essen­tially the same per­centage of con­tainers that were scanned in 2007, the year a Democratic-​​controlled Con­gress required that agents start vet­ting every container.


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