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An international agreement on supply chain security was featured in the June print issue of Professional Security magazine. The World Customs Organization (WCO) welcomed the recognition afforded by Japan and the United States (US) to the Organization’s work to ensure global supply chain security while promoting trade facilitation.
The WCO Secretary General Kunio Mikuriya’s response comes in the wake of the Joint Statement on Global Supply Chain Security released by the Governments of Japan and the US as part of their commitment to pursue initiatives designed to protect the supply chain from terrorism and organised crime, and ensure that if disruption occurs, global trade can recover quickly.
Both countries say that efforts to strengthen the global supply chain should reflect the importance of enhancing security while facilitating trade, predicated on public-private partnership and a risk-based approach that uses advance information and technology to differentiate potential threats from legitimate commerce, in line with the WCO framework.
“Global supply chain security rests on close links between Customs administrations and their private and public sector partners,” said the WCO Secretary General. “The Customs community will continue to promote a balanced, risk-based approach towards security and facilitation, as our approach is critical to national economic competitiveness and social well-being,” he added.
In issuing a joint statement, the Governments of Japan and the US acknowledge the key role that WCO can play in reaching their objectives, in particular the SAFE Framework of Standards, Programme Global Shield targeting high-risk precursor chemicals used to manufacture explosives, the Trade Recovery Guidelines, and the Risk Management Compendium.
Japan and the US say that they are committed to supporting and working with the WCO, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organisation to work on security across all modes of transport.