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Vice President Mike Pence to visit Port of Baltimore for briefing on customs security technology

Vice President Mike Pence will visit the Port of Baltimore on Friday to see technology that customs agents use to scan shipping containers, trucks, rail cars and cargo for illegal narcotics and weapons, the White House announced.

After a briefing on the Non-Intrusive Inspection Systems Program and a tour of the Dundalk Marine Terminal, the vice president will speak to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents, a White House spokeswoman said Thursday.

The equipment in Baltimore is among 309 large-scale systems the customs agency uses at U.S. ports of entry. It’s used at several of the cargo terminals at the Port of Baltimore.

Mayor Catherine Pugh said Thursday that she was just learning about the vice president's visit, but said she's hopeful that Pence also will meet with businesses at the port and talk with them about their needs.

"We need a lot more support there," she said, including for infrastructure improvements to enhance the port.

On Wednesday, Pence visited Coast Guard Base Portsmouth in Virginia to thank Coast Guard members for working during the recent partial federal government shutdown. He addressed about 100 Coast Guard members and other U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials after touring the cutter Bear, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood contributed to this article.

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