With the surge of freight heading to Michigan and Illinois from the Caribbean, it’s time to start tracking the freight.
It’s easier than ever before, and the U.S. Coast Guard is ready to take care of it.
On Thursday, the Coast Guard began tracking shipments of cargo headed from Mexico to the United States.
The Coast Guard will begin tracking cargo destined for Chicago’s West Coast starting Tuesday, according to a Coast Guard spokesman.
The cargo will be tracked by a combination of satellite imagery, GPS, and other methods.
The Coast Guard said the service is tracking about 3,500 cargo shipments per week, which means it is one of the busiest ports in the world.
The service tracks approximately 1.4 million tons of cargo a week.
The service said its maritime patrols will be “more focused and more proactive” than usual to keep track of cargo destined to U.K. ports, and to stop and search illegal ships.
It said the new Coast Guard Coast Guard Operations Center, which has expanded from three people to 12, is staffed by more than a dozen agents.
The Maritime and Coast Guard Enforcement Team will have the new role of “preventing and disrupting illegal activity in the international waters of the United Kingdom and other countries that we will assist in.”
A new Coast Guardship will be added in 2019, with a $3.5 billion cost increase and a new mission that includes patrolling the U, S. Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and working with the International Maritime Organization.
The agency will provide security assistance to the Coast Guards.