Retailers urge DHS to follow C-TPAT

Published 16 December 2005

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a good model of government-private industry cooperation, and the nation’s retailers call on the government to apply it more broadly

Arlington, Virginia-based Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), the membership of which represents almost $1.4 trillion in sales annually and operate more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers nationwide, wants DHS to follow the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program as a model for a successful public-private partnership as it looks to advance cargo security. In a letter to Secretary Michael Chertoff, RILA argued that support for the C-TPAT program was a critical component to increasing supply chain security globally, and a model example of how a public-private partnership works for both the government and industry participants.

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