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.
Shawn Beddows
Acting Director, C-TPAT