The Maritime Security Report is an unclassified quarterly publication prepared to inform the Commercial Maritime Industry, Senior Maritime Administration officials, the Secretary of Transportation's Office of Intelligence and Security, and the Federal Ad Hoc Working Group on Maritime Security Awareness. The report focuses on international criminal activity and security issues which could pose a threat to U.S. commercial maritime interests and the movement of U.S. civilian cargoes in foreign trade. The global nature of U.S. trade means that U.S.-flag ocean carriers call ports in nearly every country, and cargoes owned by U.S. interests may be embarked on ocean vessels of any flag or in any port worldwide. U.S. commercial maritime interests, therefore, can be jeopardized worldwide by a broad range of criminal activities, adversely affecting their competitiveness. The Maritime Security Report is intended to increase awareness of the scope and severity of economic crime affecting U.S. maritime commerce. The Maritime Administration expects increased awareness to contribute toward deterring criminal exploitation of the maritime transportation system, its users and providers. This particular report on maritime transportation security focuses on problems relating to Columbia and Brazil.