Ryder System Inc. hosted a U.S.–Mexico Border Security Summit last month to initiate information sharing between customers, business partners and government security agencies.
The conference, which took place in Ft. Worth, Texas, featured security briefings by members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. In addition, representatives from Mexico Customs General Administration; International SOS; and Guidepost Solutions provided insights into protecting personnel, operations and supply chains in Mexico.
At the event, Department of Homeland Security representatives discussed emerging threats and security trends impacting businesses engaged in international trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Participants also received an update on the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a joint government-business initiative supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Mexico Customs General Administration provided an update on the Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas (NEEC). Similar to C-TPAT, NEEC is a voluntary program geared towards Mexican manufacturers and exporters meant to strengthen supply chain security through internationally recognized standards. Other presentations focused on best practices for security in intermodal transportation, southern border security breaches, counterterrorism efforts in the trucking industry, traveler safety trends, and global security technologies.