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Cablegate: Demarche Request: Poland Willing to Scan Ship

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETRD EWWT PL PTER
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE REQUEST: POLAND WILLING TO SCAN SHIP
CARGO, BUT UNCLEAR WHO'S AT THE HELM

REF: STATE 119837

1. Econoff presented Reftel points on August 29 to Tadeusz
Gorecki, assistant director of the Department of Maritime
Transportation. While noting that Poland shipped almost
38,000 containers directly to the U.S. in the year ending
April 30, Gorecki said he foresaw no problems with Poland's
ablility to scan 100% of all U.S.-bound containers by 2012.

2. Gorecki added, however, that he has not discussed
scanning with the management of Poland's ports. He said
further action was unlikely until after the Polish elections,
scheduled for October 21. He added he was not even sure at
this point which ministry would be directing the operations
of his department after the elections, speculating that it
could be either Agriculture, Economy, or Infrastructure.

3. Commnent. It does not appear that the Polish Ministry of
Maritime Economy is going to consider seriously the cargo
scanning requirement until after the late October elections
and appointment of a new cabinet. At that time, the GOP and
Polish firms may join other groups in opposing the scanning
requirement, as noted in Reftel.
ASHE

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