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C Protecting International Trade Corridors: The Operation Safe Commerce Initiative
Pages 63-68

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From page 63...
... The object is to prevent terrorists or their weapons from gaining access to the United States to cause catastrophic harm, while sustaining the viability of the global transportation lifelines that support international commerce. The way to accomplish this is to move away from primary reliance on a system of control at the borders that lie within U.S.
From page 64...
... ∑ Provide a tangible prototype that can inform post≠September 11 efforts -- by federal and international authorities -- that aim to enhance the security asso ciated with all types of cargo, conveyances, and people moving across borders and within international trade corridors, by proving the feasibility of various industry and government proposals for layered cargo security strategies. To achieve these objectives, OSC proposes the following: 1.
From page 65...
... ∑ Maintaining secure loading docks at manufacturing plants or at shipping facilities that restrict access to authorized individuals and that use cameras to monitor the loading process. Loading docks would be subject to periodic, random, independent inspections to ensure compliance.
From page 66...
... ∑ Conducting background checks of truck drivers who deliver goods to the port and outfitting them with biometrically based identity cards. ∑ Attaching an electronic transponder (such as those used for the "E-ZPass" toll payment system in the northeastern United States)
From page 67...
... 7. Conducting trials of new technologies, data arrangements, or process changes using volunteer manufacturers, importers, surface shippers, freight forwarders, maritime shipping lines, and terminal operators.
From page 68...
... The reports will aim to provide guidance for a layered, multitiered approach for replication and standardization of policy approaches to securing trade corridors. The audience includes legislators and policy makers involved in the U.S.≠Canada "Smart Border" Agreement and participants in counter terrorism initiatives under consideration by the International Maritime Organization, the World Customs Organization, the International Standards Organization, and other relevant multilateral and international bodies.

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