CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin says cross-border trucking will be secure

CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin
CBP Commissioner Alan Bersin
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin expressed strong confidence Wednesday in San Diego at a seminar to mark the 10th anniversary of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, most commonly known by its acronym C-TPAT, that Mexican trucks and the Mexican trucking program will be secure and successful.

C-TPAT was started after the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York as a way to keep the global supply chain flowing and while securing the country from an outside attack. Seven companies were involved with the program when it began as a method in which global shippers share cargo data and enact security strategies as they build a level of “trust” in Customs officials. Today, more than 10,000 trucking companies have C-TPAT certification.

During his speech, Bersin gave his approval to the recent agreement between President Obama and Mexican President Felipe Calderon to resolve the longstanding dispute over America’s compliance with our NAFTA obligations.

In his speech, Bersin said;

“The president agreed there would be a program whereby in a very certified way, in a very careful and deliberate way, Mexican long-haul trucks would be able to travel with their cargo across the border and on into the states.
It’s a big breakthrough for NAFTA, for North American competitiveness, for support of the Mexican economy and the US economy”

Despite claims to the contrary by opponents of Mexican trucking and Mexico in general, Mexican trucking companies have been eligible to join the C-TPAT program since 2008 and a good number of them have joined the program. Bersin expects the C-TPAT program to play an even stronger role at the US-Mexico border.

Bersin went on to say;

“C-TPAT is an important way to approach the problem. For that reason, we are cooperating with Mexican Customs to help Mexico to establish its own version of C-TPAT. Mexico’s Alliance for Secure Business is adopting many of the security strategies and principles of C-TPAT.

Downstream, I expect that we will be able to have mutual recognition — that is that a company recognized by C-TPAT will be recognized by the Mexican program and visa versa.”