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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Italy to Join CSI

Italy has agreed to participate in the U.S. Customs Container Security Initiative (CSI). CSI is a U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent the smuggling of terrorists or terrorist weapons in ocean-going cargo containers. Under terms of the declaration announced today, U.S. Customs officers will be stationed at the Italian ports of La Spezia and Genoa. "I applaud the government of Italy for joining the U.S. Customs Service Container Security Initiative (CSI)," said Commissioner Bonner. "This joint declaration with Italy is yet another example of the joint efforts and continuing strong resolve in the international fight against terror. Globally, over 48 million full cargo containers move between major seaports each year.

Westports (Malaysia) Designated a 'Safe & Secure Port'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognizes Westports for its security measures in the loading US-bound containerized maritime cargo. After the 9/11 attacks the United States instituted various initiatives to increase the layers of security, improve monitoring at points of entry, and strengthen information sharing both internally and globally, and the US Dept of Homeland Security is empowered to introduce measures designed to protect Americans from the threat of a terrorist attack. Towards this end, the department has not only tightened up security procedures at the home front, working in collaboration with the U.S.National Nuclear…

Panama Joins U.S. Port Security Program

The United States has signed an agreement with Panama to prevent smuggling of nuclear and other radioactive materials. The Declaration of Principles was signed Friday, the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy said in a statement. Homeland Security cosigned the declaration, which deals with carrying out the 's Megaports Initiative and CBP's Container Security Initiative. Both programs have as their goal preventing nuclear material being secretly transported through U.S. ports. The initiative is currently operational in six countries, and at various stages of implementation and negotiations with approximately 30 other countries around the world.

Pacific Protection Paramount in Counter Proliferation

HMAS Toowoomba departs Sydney Harbour in June 2017. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

The Australian Government is joining forces with countries from around the world to conduct Exercise PACIFIC PROTECTOR, as part of an ongoing major international commitment to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, their delivery systems and related materials. The exercise will be held in Cairns, Queensland from 6–9 September 2017 as part of the Proliferation Security Initiative, which is an effort by 105 partner countries to build networks, tools and capabilities to counter illicit weapons of mass destruction-related trade across the globe.

Jamaica Joins Container Security Initiative

help thwart smuggling of nuclear and other radioactive material. was co-signed by U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). stop nuclear material from being smuggled to U.S. ports. Oman and the government of Honduras. nuclear and other radioactive materials by smugglers and terrorists. Similar partnerships exist with the Netherlands, Greece and other nations. support prosecution efforts. multidisciplinary teams of U.S. to establish security criteria to identify high-risk containers. States.

Japan Joins Container Security Initiative

The U.S. Customs Service and Japanese Customs and Tariff Bureau announced in Tokyo today, the sealing of the declaration of principles to participate on a pilot basis in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). CSI is a U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent the smuggling of terrorist weapons in ocean-going cargo containers. Under terms of the declaration announced today, U.S. Customs officers will be stationed on a pilot basis at the ports of Tokyo, Nagoya, Kobe and Yokohama. Japanese Customs officers will be stationed in the United States at ports to be determined by the Japanese Customs and Tariff Bureau. "I applaud the Japanese Customs and Tariff Bureau for joining the Container Security Initiative (CSI)," said Commissioner Bonner. Launched by U.S.

Puget Sound Ports Awarded $4.12M in Grants

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma have received a combined $4.12 million award in port security grants through the Urban Area Security Initiative of the Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP). In separate funding announced Thursday, June 12, the two ports received a combined $18.63 million for Operation Safe Commerce (OSC) and through the Transportation Security Administration's Port Security Grant Program. The $4.12 million ODP award boosts recent port facilities and cargo security grants for the two ports to $22.75 million.

International Coordination and Outreach Strategy to Enhance Security

The U.S. Department of State issued a Media Note stating that the Secretary of State recently signed the International Coordination and Outreach Strategy to Enhance Maritime Security . This document, which is one of eight supporting plans under the National Strategy for Maritime Security, provides a framework to coordinate all maritime security initiatives undertaken with foreign governments and international organizations, and solicits international support for enhanced maritime security. Source: HK Law

U.S. Pushes Bahamas To Sign PSI

According to reports, U.S. Ambassador to The Bahamas John Rood continues to push for The Bahamas to sign onto the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), but according to the country’s foreign minister, The Bahamas – the world’s third largest ship registry – remains cautious. The PSI would give the US the right to search any of thousands of Bahamas-flagged ship anywhere in the world under the pretext of searching for nuclear material or weapons of mass destruction. After applauding the conclusion of the Megaports Initiative (MPI) and the Container Security Initiative (CSI) as major accomplishments in US-Bahamas relations, Mr. Rood pointed out that The Bahamas has yet to sign on to PSI.

President Signs SAFE Port Act

President Bush signed into law the Security and Accountability for Every Port (SAFE Port) Act of 2006 (H.R. 4954). Among other things, this bill, also known as the Port Security Improvement Act of 2006, modifies the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program by requiring the prompt issuance of TWIC cards to maritime employees and the initiation of a pilot program for installation and use of card readers. It also codifies the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and the Container Security Initiative (CSI) programs. Source: HK Law

Chertoff Remarks on Maritime Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released remarks by Secretary Michael Chertoff regarding maritime security and related matters in light of the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai.  He noted that a small boat security initiative was started about 18 months ago and emphasized the importance of intelligence capability and information in deterring future attacks.  He stated that the nation needs a robust and prepared Coast Guard and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) should remain in DHS to coordinate disaster recovery. (12/3/08). (Source: Holland & Knight)

Bill Introduced to Improve Maritime Security

Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced the Public Transportation Terrorism Prevention Act of 2006 (S. 2791) to amend titles 46 and 49, United States Code, to provide improved maritime, rail, and public transportation security, and for other purposes. The bill, if enacted into law, would codify the Container Security Initiative and the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), expand the use of interagency operations centers, and require that DHS conduct a port security user fee feasibility study. Source: HK Law

Panama, U.S. Sign ship-boarding Agreement

The White House issued a statement by the President welcoming the signing by Panama and the United States of an agreement providing for the boarding of ships on the high seas in support of efforts of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) to stop trade in deadly weapons and materials. The U.S. Department of State released Remarks made by the Panamanian Minister of Government and Justice and the U.S. Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security during the signing ceremony. (HK Law).

GAO Releases Testimony on Container Security

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) released its Testimony at the recent field hearing of the House Subcommittee on National Security. The GAO stated that it found current programs to detect illegal fissile material to be limited. It also commented on recent cargo security initiatives and continuing challenges. Source: HK Law

Greece to join CSI

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that the Hellenic Republic has signed declaration of principles to participate in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). Greece thus becomes the 18th nation to join this cooperative maritime security program, which is now operational in 19 seaports worldwide. (HK Law).

NJ Governor and Port Authority Chairman to Discuss Port Security

New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine will join Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia and private sector leaders on Monday, December 18, to announce and discuss the recommendations of a task force formed to identify critical port and cargo security initiatives. The task force recommendations will be used to increase awareness of the need to enhance the security of the nation’s 361 ports and to foster public discussion on the issue.

DHS Budget Proposal

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security discussed its portion of the FY07 budget request. Among other things, the proposal calls for $139 million for the Container Security Initiative; $55 million for the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism; $30.3 million for the Cargo Advanced Automated Radiography System; $157 million for acquisition of radiation portal monitors; and $934.4 million for the Coast Guard Integrated Deepwater System.

EU-U.S. Counterterrorism Cooperation - the U.S. view

The White House released a Fact Sheet

USCG Outlines Draft IMO Security Proposal

At a public meeting on January 3, the Coast Guard unveiled the security initiatives it plans to propose at an upcoming special session of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on maritime security. Over the next year, IMO will review measures and procedures to prevent acts of terrorism that threaten the safety of vessels and the security of passengers and crews. The Coast Guard will also hold a public workshop January 28-30 to discuss security procedures, programs, and capabilities within the domestic marine transportation system. The Coast Guard is soliciting public comments on its proposal to IMO before it presents draft recommendations at an intersessional meeting of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) on February 11-15.

Korea to Join Customs Container Security Initiative

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Yong-Sup Lee, Commissioner of the Customs Service of the Republic of Korea, today announced that the government of the Republic of Korea has agreed to participate in the U.S. Customs Container Security Initiative (CSI). Commissioner Lee and Deputy U.S. Customs Commissioner Douglas M. Browning conducted the signing ceremony on Friday, January 17, in Seoul. CSI is a U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent the smuggling of terrorists or terrorist weapons in ocean-going cargo containers. Under terms of the declaration announced today, U.S. Customs officers will be stationed at the port of Busan.

Schenker Approved for C-TPAT

Schenker, Inc., a provider for integrated logistics, applied for and is being granted participation in the U.S. Customs’ security initiative, C-TPAT. Schenker joins the ranks of 1600 companies that have agreed to participate in the program, and more than 300 certified members.

Thailand Signs onto CSI

Thailand has signed a Declaration of Principles, establishing the Container Security Initiative (CSI) in the Port of Laem Chabang. With Thailand’s participation, CSI agreements are now in place for 19 of the 20 largest ports trading to the United States.

South Africa implements CSI

The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection issued a Press Release stating that the Container Security Initiative (CSI) has become operational in the port of Durban, South Africa. Durban becomes the 17th CSI port worldwide and the first in Africa. Source: HK Law

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