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Cornyn, Heinrich Bill to Confront Security Risks from Chinese Cranes at U.S. Ports Signed Into Law

December 22, 2023

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) released the following statements after their Cranes of Concern at our Ports (CCP) Act, which requires the federal government to evaluate threats to U.S. ports posed by cranes manufactured in countries of concern, especially those made by China’s Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), was signed into law as part of the Intelligence Authorization Act included in the National Defense Authorization Act:

“America’s ports are vital to our economy, national security, and international trade, and we must ensure they’re protected from possible Chinese surveillance or interference,” said Sen. Cornyn. “This bill will require the federal government to confront this growing threat and assess the risks of Chinese-made cranes at ports in Texas and along our coasts, and I’m proud to see it cross the finish line.”

 “Whether it’s your stock of canned goods or toilet paper, making sure supplies are moving efficiently through our ports matters,” said Sen. Heinrich. “This bipartisan legislation will give our intelligence and defense community the resources they need to make sure our ports can keep delivering the goods you rely on at the store.” 


Chinese-made cranes operating at American ports across the country, including at several used by the military, have the capability to give Beijing opportunities to spy on and disrupt U.S. port operations. The CCP Act requires the Director of National Intelligence and Secretary of Defense to conduct an assessment of the threats posed by cranes manufactured by countries of concern and commercial entities of those countries, including those manufactured by ZPMC, to U.S. ports. These evaluations will examine the potential to collect intelligence, disrupt operations, and impact national security.