US partners WCO to protect global supply chain

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The US department for homeland security is launching a partnership with the World Customs Organisation to enlist other nations, international bodies and the private sector in increasing the security of the global supply chain.

Kunio Mikuriya, WCO secretary general said: “The recent air cargo incidents show the necessity for international cooperation in enhancing trade security using a risk management approach as embodied in the WCO SAFE Framework of Standards.”

US secretary of homeland security Janet Napolitano outlined three main areas that the partnership will focus on:
    * Preventing terrorists from exploiting the global supply chain to plan and execute attacks
    * Protecting the most critical elements of the supply chain system, such as transportation hubs and related critical infrastructure, from attacks and disruptions
    * Building the resilience of the global supply chain to ensure that if something does happen, the supply chain can recover quickly.

Napolitano said: “Securing the global supply chain is part and parcel of securing both the lives of people around the world, and the stability of the global economy. The United States is committed to working with our international partners and the private sector to keep this powerful engine of commerce, jobs, and prosperity from being attacked or disrupted.”

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