Saturday, October 27, 2012

U.S. and Canada Announce New Pilot to Strengthen Cargo Security

U.S. and Canada Announce New Pilot to Strengthen Cargo Security
(Tuesday, October 23, 2012)


Washington— The United States and Canada announced the launch of the Prince Rupert Pilot to strengthen cargo security at the Canada-U.S. border as part of the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy in the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The pilot focuses on harmonizing the screening process for maritime cargo between the two countries.
“The Prince Rupert pilot implemented under the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy is key to the ongoing efforts to facilitate legitimate trade while still maintaining our security mission at the border,” said U.S. Consul General Anne Callaghan. “Harmonization of the cargo screening processes between the United States and Canada should result in a more efficient and secured supply chain and increased competitive economic posture.”
“The Canada-U.S. relationship is one of the world’s greatest trade success stories and we are working together not just at the border, but beyond the border, to increase our shared prosperity,” said the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway. “Accelerating the movement of secure cargo between our two countries will contribute to job creation, strong economic growth and greater long-term prosperity for hard working Canadians and their families.”
The pilot, which began earlier this month, focuses on maritime cargo arriving at Prince Rupert, BC with subsequent movement via rail before entering the United States at International Falls, Minn. It utilizes a harmonized approach developed by the U.S. and Canada which allows for the screening of inbound cargo arriving from offshore.
On February 4, 2011, President Obama and Prime Minister Harper released the Beyond the Border Declaration, articulating a shared vision in which our countries will work together to address threats at the earliest point possible while facilitating the legitimate movement of people, and cargo across our shared border. The Action Plan, released on December 2011, outlines the specific steps our countries intend to take to achieve the security and economic competitiveness goals outlined in the Beyond the Border Declaration.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

US Customs and Border Protection released on March 6 the 2011 C-TPAT Costs and Savings Survey (CSS). This report covers the 2011 C-TPAT Costs & Savings Survey, which was a follow-up to the 2010 Membership Survey. This year's survey activities were based on 1,488 respondents to the 2010 C-TPAT Membership Survey.

The final sampling frame of 1,433 partners for the 2011 CSS was divided in the same four categories:
1) Importers (515)
2) Carriers (443)
3) Service Providers (267)
4) Foreign Manufacturers (208)

The study shows that support for the program among C-TPAT members is strong however "there is room for improvement". The benefits of the program are hard to quantify.

The full version of the report can be downloaded here.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Message from C-TPAT Director regarding the 2012 C-TPAT Conference

I write to update you all on the status of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) conference for 2012. As many of you know, we usually have the conference registration site up and running by this time.
A new Department of Homeland Security policy has created additional steps in the conference-planning process this year, causing a delay in our normal timeline.
Currently we do expect to host the C-TPAT conference, most likely for a date in late September. We will provide you with additional details as soon as they become available.
Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2012 C-TPAT conference.
Sincerely,
Shawn Beddows
Acting Director, C-TPAT

Friday, August 27, 2010

Senators introduce Bill to Extend Port Protections, Anti-Terrorism Act

SENATORS COLLINS, MURRAY INTRODUCE BILL TO EXTEND PORT PROTECTIONS,
ANTI-TERRORISM ACT


Senators co-authored the original legislation in 2005; gain endorsements from many key groups

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Susan Collins, R-Me., Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Patty Murray, D-Wash., introduced a bipartisan bill Tuesday that would extend the groundbreaking port security programs now in place in the United States.

The measure, “The SAFE Port Reauthorization Act of 2010,” extends anti-terrorism protections designed to safeguard the nation’s critical shipping lanes and seaports from attack and sabotage. Senators Collins and Murray coauthored the original SAFE Port Act in 2005; it was enacted the following year.

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Among other things, the bill would reauthorize the SAFE Port Act maritime cargo security programs that have proven to be successful. These include:

- The Automated Targeting System that identifies high-risk cargo;
- The Container Security Initiative that ensures high-risk cargo containers are inspected at ports overseas before they travel to the United States; and
- The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT, that provides incentives to importers to enhance the security of their cargo from point of origin to destination.

The bill would also strengthen the C-TPAT program by providing new benefits, including voluntary security training to industry participants and providing participants an information sharing mechanism on maritime and port security threats, and by authorizing Customs and Border Protection to conduct unannounced inspections to ensure that security practices are robust. The cooperation of private industry is vital to protecting supply chains, and C-TPAT is a necessary tool for securing their active cooperation in supply chain security efforts.

Further, the bill would extend the competitive, risk-based, port security grants that have provided $1.5 billion to improve the security of our ports. The authorization for the next five years at $400 million per year is a continued major commitment of resources, but it is fully proportional to what is at stake, and a priority that we cannot ignore.

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Finally, the measure addresses the difficulties in administering the mandate of x-raying and scanning for radiation all cargo containers overseas that are destined for the United States by July 2012. That technology is not yet perfected. The bill would eliminate the deadline for x-raying 100 percent of containers if the Secretary of Homeland Security certifies the effectiveness of individual security measures of that layered security approach. This is a more reasonable method to secure our cargo until a new method of x-raying containers is proven effective.


For more information on C-TPAT, please contact Custom Trade Solutions at (619) 944-0375 or by email at info@customtrade.us

Monday, June 28, 2010

Korea, U.S. Sign Mutual Recognition Arrangement at World Customs Organization

Brussels – U.S. Customs and Border Protection today signed a mutual recognition arrangement with the Korean Customs Service today at the 115th/116th Session of the World Customs Organization Council in Brussels, Belgium. The arrangement aligns security standards in international trade partnership programs, also known as Authorized Economic Operator programs, critical to both countries.

"Opportunities to secure our borders are aggressively being identified on an ongoing basis through our partnerships and collaboration efforts. Building upon these relationships will be at the forefront of our priorities and strategies,” said CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin.

The Commissioner of the Korean Customs Service, Young sun Yoon, and U.S. Customs Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin agreed to mutual standards in Korea’s Authorized Economic Operator program and the U.S.’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program (C-TPAT).

The arrangement recognizes compatibility between the Korean and U.S. cargo security programs and acknowledges that KCS and CBP will accept the security status of members of the other program. Additionally, it will allow for closer collaboration between agencies and greater benefits and common standards to the trade community. This marks the fifth mutual recognition arrangement signed by the U.S., with previous arrangements signed with New Zealand, Canada, Jordan and Japan.

Mutual recognition is a key concept within the World Customs Organization’s SAFE Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, established with the input of the U.S. in 2005 in order to promote end-to-end supply chain security and facilitation at a global level. Similarly, the integration of border security and trade facilitation is an essential part of Commissioner Bersin’s vision for a layered risk management and risk segmentation strategy, which extends security beyond our physical borders.

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection