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Supply-chain security refers to efforts to enhance the security of the supply chain, the transport and logistics system for the world's cargo. It combines traditional practices of supply-chain management with the security requirements driven by threats such as terrorism, piracy, and theft.
Typical supply-chain security activities include:
- Credentialing of participants in the supply chain
- Screening and validating of the contents of cargo being shipped
- Advance notification of the contents to the destination country
- Ensuring the security of cargo while in-transit via the use of locks and tamper-proof seals
- Inspecting cargo on entry
There are a number of supply-chain security initiatives in the United States and abroad, including:
- The Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a voluntary compliance program for companies to improve the security of their corporate supply chains.
- The World Customs Organization (WCO) adopted the Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade in 2005, which consists of supply-chain security standards for Customs administrations including authorized economic operator (AEO) programs.
- The Container Security Initiative (CSI), a program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the Department of Homeland Security focused on screening containers at foreign ports.
- The Global Container Control Programme (CCP), a joint United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)/World Customs Organization (WCO) initiative working to establish effective container controls at select ports across the globe with the aim to prevent trafficking of drugs, chemicals and other contraband and to facilitate trade by strengthening cooperation between the customs, trade and enforcement communities.
- The Global Trade Exchange, a DHS data-mining program designed to collect financial information about shipments, with the objective of determining the safety of cargo shipments.
- Efforts for countries around the world to implement and enforce the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), an agreement of 148 countries that are members of the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
- Pilot initiatives by companies in the private sector to track and monitor the integrity of cargo containers moving around the world using technologies such as RFID and GPS.
- The International Organization for Standardization have released a series of Standards for the establishment and management of supply-chain security. ISO/PAS 28000 Specification for Security Management Systems for the Supply Chain, offers public and private enterprise an international high-level management standard that enables organisations to utilize a globally consistent management approach to applying supply-chain security initiatives. ISO/IEC 20243 is The Open Trusted Technology Provider Standard (O-TTPS) (Mitigating Maliciously Tainted and Counterfeit Products) that addresses supply-chain security and secure engineering.
- Authorized economic operator
- Container Security Initiative
- Counterfeit consumer goods
- Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism
- Global Trade Exchange
- James Giermanski
- Denise Krepp
- ISO 28000
- ISO 31000
- The Open Trusted Technology Provider Standard (ISO/IEC 20243)
- Security risk
- Supply-chain management
- Track and trace
- Trade facilitation
- "Operation Safe Commerce". Office of the Federal Register. Federal Register (Daily Journal of the United States Government). 20 November 2002. Retrieved 17 July 2016.
- ICAO-WCO: Moving Air Cargo Globally - Air Cargo and Mail Secure Supply Chain and Facilitation Guidelines
- IMO FAQ on the ISPS Code
- MIT Project on Supply Chain Response to Terrorism
- Supply Chain Risk Management Maturity Model
- Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum
- Supply chain security: adding to a complex operational and institutional environment, A Grainger (2007)
- World Customs Journal: special issue on supply chain security
- Port and Maritime Security Online
- Chain of Perils: Hardening the Global Supply Chain and Strengthening America's Resilience
- ISO 28002 supply chain security and resilience
- CSA Cargo Security Information
- Guide on Supply Chain Security and Theft