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The task force-comprised of government and business officials-wants to establish a "Port Security User Fee" by January 1, 2008, dedicated exclusively to U.S. ports based on size, cargo volume, and risk. In addition, the group wants a presidential appointment of a National Port and Cargo Security Director, who would report to the Director of Homeland Security.
The port chairman, Anthony R. Coscia, said the nation's 361 ports "pose as much as or a greater security risk than the airports or railroads that people use every day. The federal government must realize the vulnerabilities that our ports face and work with us to identify new ways to reduce risks."