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Supply chain security

The international transportation system is essential to the prosperity of all nations. For the global economy to flourish, this system must continue to provide safe, secure, efficient and reliable services to importers, exporters and travellers in all parts of the world. ICC aims to promote the market economy and an open international trade and investment system.

International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) believes that effective security measures are needed to ensure that the international transportation system is protected from acts of terrorism. Beyond terrible loss of life and property, a terrorist incident directed at the world’s transportation system would result in interrupted service, port and terminal closures and delays to cargo and passenger travel, with potentially catastrophic effects on world trade.

The following statement is submitted on behalf of the Commission on Transport and Logistics of ICC, the world business organization.

ICC’s Commission on Transport and Logistics represents all segments of the international transport industry, including companies using transport services, shippers, carriers, freight forwarders, banks, insurers and business travellers worldwide. ICC aims to promote the market economy and an open international trade and investment system.

It is the view of world business, as represented by ICC, that the global nature of transport requires that appropriate security regulations and standards be achieved through international consultation and consensus. Business and government cooperation is essential to define, develop and implement timely and long-range plans for securing cargo and conveyances in international trade.

Specifically, ICC notes that the United States Customs Service has announced the publication of a Final Rule requiring cargo manifest information 24 hours prior to the lading of cargo at foreign ports for shipment to the United States. ICC believes that every effort should be made to implement this Rule in a manner that does not create undue burdens, unnecessary costs and delays in the delivery of goods to the US. ICC urges US Customs to consult closely with affected private sector parties. Measures should also be taken to prevent the unauthorized release of sensitive confidential company information.

ICC will continue to work in cooperation with the World Customs Organization (WCO) to explore approaches for increasing protection of international borders and strengthening international supply chain security against terrorist attacks and other threats to the system of international trade.


In addition, ICC supports:

  • Greater consultation among different agencies within governments prior to the introduction of new security measures;
  • Promotion of international security standards through such bodies as the WCO, the International Maritime Organization, the International Civil Aviation Organization and the World Trade Organization, so as to result in a consistent global security system;
  • Greater consideration of the “known shipper” programs that result in more transparency and the classification of low-, medium-, and high-risk cargoes, without compromising sensitive commercial information; and
  • The effective use of information technology, with greater interoperability between countries, to make the supply chain process more secure and more efficient.
    ICC calls on governments to bring industry leaders, including shippers, carriers and intermediaries, into discussions to work together in developing global standards and measures that will be effective and efficient without impeding international trade. National regulations on security should be developed in such a way as to be consistent with the standards and measures of international organizations.


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