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Container Security Initiative and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism: Securing the Global Supply Chain or Trojan Horse?

Topics: Homeland Security Theory Policy and Practice, Supply Chain, Terrorism, Transportation, Critical Infrastructure Theory, Policy and Practice,

This hearing examined the Department of Homeland Security's Bureau of Customs and Border Protections' Container Security Initiative (CSI) and Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) programs, which aim to screen cargo at ports overseas to prevent dangerous materials from reaching domestic shores and improve global supply chain security respectively. Three panels of witnesses testified, with speakers from U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Council on Foreign Relations, and Mehlman Vogel Castagnetti. The discussion identified and addressed the challenges faced by CSI and C-TPAT, particularly in terms of effective implementation and sustaining operations in the long-term.

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