For security reasons the U.S. plans to scan overseas container traffic. But the E.U. claims this measure would disrupt trade and not achieve any additional security. The E.U. Commission says the scanning operation, adopted by the U.S. congress last week, means more costs for European exporters.
Experts on both sides of the Atlantic feel the measure will be of no real benefit and not improve security. The European Commission is critical of the U.S. for its unilateral action and for failing to coordinate with its trading partners because the measure will hurt European businesses more than their American counterparts.
The Commission also wants to see whether the U.S. law violates World Trade Organizaton rules.The Commission is advocating a risk analysis approach for the selection of cargo containers to be checked prior to leaving the Europe for the US. The European Union and the United States are each other’s biggest trading partners.