Talking Trade Security and Cooperation at C-TPAT Conference 2013

Truckload carrier Tri-National, Inc., operates out of St. Louis, Missouri, and maintains several facilities throughout the central United States in support of its door-to-door transport and storage. As a logistics company connecting businesses in Mexico, the United States, and Canada, Tri-National, Inc., is closely concerned with trade line security and is a member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

With the arrival of fall, the new year is now on the horizon, and with it next year’s C-TPAT conference. The last conference was held in January 2013 and was the 11th such meeting of the trade security community. It drew more than 1,200 participants, a record-setting attendance, and featured several high-profile speakers from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection department (CBP).

Conference participants heard reports that trade is on the rise. In 2012, for example, nearly 11 million trucking containers crossed America borders. Other avenues of trade, such as rail, ports, and air freight, grew vigorously, as well. Furthermore, these numbers are expected to increase through 2013. As the truckload carrier industry now turns toward the 2014 C-TPAT conference, it remains constantly vigilant of threats to customers’ businesses, trade stability, and national well being.

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