Moving Cargo Securely

Excellent Article! ~ Security Managment November 2010 issue A look at what companies that join the post 9-11 C-TPAT program have to do and how their efforts contribute to homeland security. By Joseph Straw. SYNOPSIS After seven years, the U.S Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program has nearly 10,000 participating companies. Under the program, these members observe security criteria in exchange for reduced likelihood of inspections at U.S border crossings. The program incentives improved security throughout the supply chain by encouraging members to do business with one another. A survey of participants found that roughly one in five C-TPAT shipments is subject to inspections at the border, compared to one in 1.25 non-C-TPAT shipments. Border wait times remain a problem, however. Among respondents, 39 percent said wait times decreased, while 53 percent said they increased or stayed the same. Another problem is that drug cartels have targeted C-TPAT partners for smuggling because of the reduced likelihood of inspection. CBP found that C-TPAT members caught with drugs in shipments were not observing security standards or had non-C-TPAT supply chain partners. CBP, meanwhile, had rolled out more robust risk assessment guidelines for program members. (To increase risk management effectiveness across supply chains, this year CBP issued a process guide for five-step risk assessments. First step in CBP’s process is mapping cargo flow and identifying all of the company’s partners in its international supply chains. SEcond, companies are expected to conduct a threat assessment of supply chains. The third element of assessment process, vulnerability assessments. In the fourth step, the C-TPAT member is expected to develop an action plan to mitigate risk along its supply chains-which might include requiring partners...

CBP Announces C-TPAT Annual Accomplishments

2009 a Successful Year for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (Wednesday, February 03, 2010) contacts for this news release Washington – U.S. Customs and Border Protection today announces the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism 2009 program highlights. Strong validation numbers, continued member growth and increased quality assurance highlight C-TPAT accomplishments in 2009. C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. “The 2009 C-TPAT metrics illustrate that the program is physically and repetitively verifying the security measures of all members, that there is good compliance from members, and that strong action is taken when requirements are not met,” said Bradd Skinner, C-TPAT Director. 2009 Highlights:...

Port Security Advisory ~March 2010

A. Background: The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) has mandated that the United States Coast Guard evaluate the effectiveness of anti-terrorism measures in foreign ports and provides for the imposition of conditions of entry on vessels arriving to the United Stated from countries that do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures… More:...
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