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Cargo Security 




Security trumps trade, this is the new reality of transporting international cargo.  Freight moving in non-secure supply chains is subject to additional examinations, delays and the associated costs.  Freight traveling in secure supply chains is subject to less scrutiny since the Customs Organizations know more about the participants within the supply chain and have evaluated the security risks.   

Customs organizations around the world have developed Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) programs based on the World Customs Organization's Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Trade.   One of the first AEO programs was the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Customs Trade Partners Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.  Canada Border Services Agency's Partners in Protection Program and the Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program are AEO programs. 

Supply chain security continues to evolve with adjustments to existing Customs programs and the introduction programs based risk assessments of supply chain security events around the world.  An example of this type of change is Transport Canada's Air Cargo Security Program.

Spotting threats can be challenge yet in many instances supply chain participants may be able to detect border threats.  The Canadian Society of Customs Brokers (CSCB) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have recorded a discussion that is relevant to all CSCB members who are interested in learning about how industry members can play an important role in assisting the CBSA in keeping Canada healthy, safe, and secure.

This discussion applies to customs brokers, importers, carriers, exporters, and freight forwarders, and everyone else involved in the trade chain. It includes indicators of suspicious behavior that were identified by CSCB members, and is supported by additional suggestions by the CBSA. Last, but certainly not least, the CBSA provides information how you can report suspicious behaviour.  A written transcript of the discussion is available on the CSCB website