Survey says: Finding security in chemicals

Feb. 3, 2004
Survey says: Finding security in chemicals Nearly 44% of chemical industry executives involved in transportation and logistics are unaware of C-TPAT,

Survey says: Finding security in chemicals

Nearly 44% of chemical industry executives involved in transportation and logistics are unaware of C-TPAT, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. The voluntary program to improve supply chain security is an initiative of the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and calls for private sector involvement in examining and improving security measures to protect the U.S. against potential terrorist threats.

A recent study conducted by Adler Research for BDP International and its Centrx consulting unit indicates that of those respondents aware of C-TPAT, 37% were unaware of its similarities to the chemical industry's Responsible Care initiative.

An important issue for the industry, according to the survey, is the need to coordinate efforts between Responsible Care and C-TPAT. However, of those respondents familiar with C-TPAT, 37% were unaware of the initiative's similarities with the existing Responsible Care program. Barriers to combining the two efforts include lack of combined ownership of the programs (25%) and other priorities in a resource constrained environment (37%). Others say a lack of top-down instructions and a lack of significant import activity are contributing factors.

February, 2004

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