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TSA and CBP Encourage Strong Partnership with Industry at AirCargo 2012

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TSA and CBP Encourage Strong Partnership with Industry at AirCargo 2012

TSA and CBP Encourage Strong Partnership with Industry at AirCargo 2012

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Leadership from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reinforced the need for a strong partnership between government and the private sector to protect the nation’s homeland during an address to industry stakeholders at AirCargo 2012 in Miami, Fl.

“It was promising to hear both the TSA and CBP highlight the importance of the freight forwarding role in securing the global supply chain”

TSA Administrator John Pistole emphasized a risk-based intelligence-driven approach to cargo security. In particular, the TSA Administrator cited lessons learned from the Yemen incident in 2010, which include daily world-wide intelligence briefings and updating threat vectors based on that intelligence. Acknowledging a move away from a “one-size-fits-all” approach, he stressed TSA’s focus on risk mitigation associated with the supply chain.

Pistole mentioned the importance of known shippers and known shipments, as well as advanced manifest data, in the new risk-based intelligence-driven approach in the international environment. He encouraged the ongoing partnership between industry stakeholders and government officials during his remarks, stating that TSA intends to move forward in a collaborative fashion.

As part of the government panel, a CBP official announced the release of the strategic plan for Air Cargo Advanced Screening (ACAS). Deputy Commissioner, Thomas Winkowski described the plan as a roadmap for integrating ACAS into larger-scale security operations. Calling ACAS a “game changer,” Winkowski thanked the freight forwarding community for their engagement with the program thus far.

“It was promising to hear both the TSA and CBP highlight the importance of the freight forwarding role in securing the global supply chain,” says Brandon Fried, Executive Director of the Airforwarders Association (AfA). “AfA is committed to continuing our close working relationships with CBP and TSA on cargo security measures, including the implementation of the ACAS strategic plan.”

AirCargo 2012 is the premier annual trade show and conference for the express delivery, freight forwarding and expedited motor carrier industries that brought together over 700 participants this year.

About the Airforwarders Association:

The Airforwarders Association, with a full membership of approximately 400 members, was founded in 1990, and today provides advocacy, training, information, and other beneficial services to the air forwarding community. The association works closely with the U.S. Congress, U.S. federal regulatory agencies and administration departments, air carriers, service providers, and other industry-related entities throughout America and abroad. For more information visit www.airforwarders.org

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