Federal agents have increased radiation inspections on ships bringing goods from Japan to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Since March 18, inspectors have flagged three vessels and 1,800 containers for further inspection, but all were eventually cleared and released, authorities say. April imports at the ports are expected to rise 8.2% above March levels, according to NRF figures, but imports of high-tech goods and cars from Japan are expected to decrease in the coming months as the country's factories struggle to recover from earthquake and tsunami damage and power outages.

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