The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) security initiative reached an historic milestone when it topped 7,000 members, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Now the largest voluntary partnership between government and the private sector in U.S. history, C-TPAT now includes most major U.S. importers and covers over 50% of maritime cargo by value.
C-TPAT is part of a layered strategy for maritime security against the threat posed by global terrorism said Robert C. Bonner, CBP commissioner.
“The growth of C-TPAT has been nothing short of astonishing and proves the commitment the private sector has to combat international terrorism,” said Bonner. “By working with Customs and Border Protection to secure the supply chain, we have additional eyes, ears and technology working side by side with us to increase security from the factory to the loading docks,” he added.
For and update on maritime security, watch for the November issue of Logistics Today.