The size and volume of containers make it possible to hide munitions, drugs, stowaways, explosive materials.
A "standard" shipping container is 8 feet wide, 8.5 feet high and 20 feet long.
It can hold as much as 19 tons of soft and hard goods.
Only about 2% of the containers that move through a port get screened. In Oakland, gamma ray scanners are used to boost that to 10%.
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Senior Writer Elizabeth has been writing and reporting at Baselinesince its inaugural issue. Most recently, Liz helped Fortune 500 companies with their online strategies as a customer experience analyst at Creative Good. Prior to that, she worked in the organization practice at McKinsey & Co. She holds a B.A. from Vassar College.