In May, the University of Michigan released a report on the impact on Michigan ports in general and the Port of Monroe in particular of contradictory policies by two regional offices of U.S. Customs and Border Protection on what can be shipped in and out. The Chicago CBP office has far more lenient policies on how shipping containers and crated cargo should be examined before entering or leaving ports than the Detroit office does. Since the Chicago office regulates Ohio ports, cargo can go in and out of Cleveland and Toledo that can’t come in or out of Michigan’s 40 ports, which means a substantial loss of jobs and revenue here. “The study was the product of a partnership between the Port of Monroe and The Ford School in which we provide a platform for masters students to study real world public policy challenges,” said Paul LaMarre, director of the Port of Monroe. “We have an understanding that the Port can only provide facts and that we have no influence on the outcome whatsoever. The Port does not provide any type of compensation to the university nor students. Our goal is to promote educational opportunities in hopes that young professionals bec...