Posted by: changholt | June 18, 2013

Maintaining the balance between trade and security

One of the thorniest problems facing truck fleets and other freight transport firms and government agencies alike is maintaining a smooth flow of international trade alongside today’s need for enhanced security – especially regarding cross-border traffic at the U.S- Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders.

For that reason, government agencies such as the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as well as the  Canada Border Services Agency (CSBA) are seeking to forge more in-depth partnerships with freight transportation providers.

“It’s really all about improving the ability to share information between the government and the freight transport sector,” Bill Anderson, group director of global security for Ryder Systems, told Fleet Owner. “It’s also become more about protecting shipment information as well. In the end, sharing ideas and needs between freight transporters and government security agencies gives us all a better picture of where the threats are and how we [should] deal with them.”

Ryder hosted a North American Border Security Conference last month at its Novi, MI, operations management center. The purpose was to share security information and “best practices” among its customers and business partners with government security agencies and vice versa.

Anderson said that, for the time being, airports and the aviation industry remain the “top focus” of government security efforts. “They said at the meeting that our enemies still seemed to be fixated on aircraft and airports, so that’s where their primary focus will remain,” he explained.

That being said, government security personnel are still well aware of the danger posed by trucks, whether used to transport illicit cargo or deployed as weapons themselves.

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