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...

Relationships for supply chain success

By KENNETH B. ACKERMAN and ART VAN BODEGRAVEN | From the Quarter 4 2007 issue Supply chain management by its very nature depends on relationships and connections. In the first excerpt from their recent book, Fundamentals of Supply Chain Management: An Essential Guide for the 21st Century, the authors describe some of the relationships that play an important role in achieving supply chain success. In the second excerpt, they focus on consultants, looking at how they operate and when it makes sense to use them—or...

C-TPAT Worldwide Supply Chain Security Initiative Seminar

                            Join Us                              C-TPAT Worldwide Supply Chain Security Initiative Thursday May 7th, 2009 Holiday Inn Strongsville, OH 8:30am (Continental Breakfast) 9-10:15am (Speaker) 10:15-11:00am( Q&A and Information Sharing) Industrial Security Service, Inc will be hosting a Free educational seminar addressing the C-TPAT Security initiative and best practices. In our continuing effort to assist companies with operational excellence, we have asked Ron May, Director of the NY C-TPAT office, to speak on the following topics: · C-TPAT program origins, current status and future vision · C-TPAT program participation sectors and their related minimum-security criteria · Validations and Revalidations; What are they and how does one prepare? · Best practices · Suspension, removal, post incidents analysis · Program benefits( Tier levels, FAST access, Exam benefits, training, etc.) · Mutual recognition with foreign customs administrations ___________________________________________________  Location Address:     15471 Royalton Rd Strongsville, OH 44136 ___________________________________________________ Registration is Limited. RSVP today. To RSVP, email [email protected] Please include the following information; Name, Company Name, Address, Phone Number, Fax Number, Email address, Number of Attendees. No registrations will be accepted after April 28th,...
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