The application of policies, procedures, and technology to protect supply chain assets (product, facilities, equipment, information, and personnel) from theft, damage, or terrorism and to prevent the introduction of unauthorized contraband, people, or weapons of mass destruction.
The food chain is an easy vulnerable target and a terrorist attack could have devastating consequences wrecking havoc on both developed and undeveloped nations affecting an enormous amount of people while impacting various economies that are all ready at risk of collapse. Governments take this threat seriously but when it comes to protection, difficulties arise from the sheer complexity of our food systems and the variety of ways in which it is produced and distributed. Governments and companies need to do more to ensure our food supply is safe and secure, it is necessary for all stakeholders to work together to reinforce the security management in different sections of the food supply. New technologies have emerged to help improving tracking and traceability, to ensure consumers are protected in case tampering or bio-threat. Full food traceability is required for all producers to ensure unsafe food is removed or withdrawn from the food supply along with providing effective and accurate communication of potential threats to consumer.
The Carrier Initiative Program (CIP), established in 1984, is a joint effort among air, sea, land and rail carriers and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to address the problem of drug smuggling and terrorism in the United States on board commercial conveyances. By signing the CIP agreement with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, carriers agree to enhance their security at foreign and domestic terminals as well as on board their conveyances. Additionally, they agree to cooperate closely with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in identifying and reporting attempted or suspected smuggling attempts or other criminal activity.
In return, CBP agrees to conduct both domestic and foreign security site surveys, post seizure analysis, and provide training to identify security weaknesses within their company and suggests improvements to better their security systems and measures.
The Super Carrier Initiative Program is for those carriers that face an extraordinarily high risk from drug traffickers. CBP and various carriers have signed over 3,800 Carrier Initiative Agreements and 27 Super Carrier Agreements.
The Business Alliance for Secure Commerce (BASC) is a private sector led and controlled coalition that has been supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) since its creation in 1996. As a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Delaware as the World BASC Organization, the BASC is an international business alliance created to promote supply chain security in cooperation with government agencies and international organizations.
The BASC was created to address the problem of concealing contraband in commercial trade. As a voluntary program for businesses, with no government-imposed mandates, corporate participants are expected to follow BASC’s security standards which are designed to significantly improve their security practices and in the process deter contraband smugglers and terrorists from using their companies to introduce contraband and implements of terror in legitimate shipments.
The BASC program examines the entire process of manufacturing and shipping of merchandise from foreign countries to the United States, emphasizing the creation of a more security-conscious environment throughout the supply chain. The BASC currently has over 2,500 companies that have been certified by the organization. And it operates in 12 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Peru, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
This document brings attention to the existing statutory requirement by which all containers in transit to the United States are required to be sealed with the seal meeting the ISO/PAS 17712 standard and specifies the date on which the requirement shall take effect:
As the legal and regulatory environments have evolved over the past ten years, organizations have started to address the need for heightened security within global supply chains.
Published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in September 2007, the ISO 28000:2007 standard specifies the requirements for a supply chain security management system, linking security management to many other aspects of business management. These aspects would include activities controlled or influenced by organizations that impact supply chain security, such as transportation of goods along the supply chain. ISO 28000 certification applies to all organizations that would like to implement a security management system and integrate their security management into their overall quality management system such as small companies or large multinationals in the manufacturing, service, storage, or transportation sector.
An ISO 28000 certificate of compliance provides the following key benefits:
ISO 28000 uses a more pragmatic approach in which the risk levels of your supply chain operations are identified. It enables your organization to perform a risk assessment with supporting management tools (i.e. document controls, key performance indicators, internal audits and training) and applies the controls in accordance with the risk involved. The framework of ISO 28000:2007 is structurally very similar to ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management Systems (EMS) standard. The environmental aspects identification and evaluation process in EMS is analogous to security risk assessment in security management. Various companies offer a wide portfolio of solutions, including training, gap assessments, customized audits and certifications that can reinforce your security management systems and protect your brands and products as they make their way through international supply chains. It is important to look for security auditors who are fully equipped in helping you meet your supply chain security requirements.
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