Ryder hosts border security summit

In November, Ryder Corporation hosted a U.S.–Mexico Border Security Summit to initiate information sharing between customers, business partners, and government security agencies.

Held in Fort Worth, the conference featured security briefings by members of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Transportation Security Administration. In addition, representatives from Mexico Customs General Administration; International SOS; and Guidepost Solutions provided valuable insights into protecting personnel, operations and supply chains in Mexico.

“One of the best ways to mitigate security threats against business is to increase collaboration between government agencies and the private sector,” stated Eugenio Sevilla-Sacasa, vice president, Ryder International Supply Chain Solutions.

“We greatly appreciate the support of the Department of Homeland Security and Ryder’s other security partners at this event, and are committed to continuing to share best practices and prevention strategies with the customers we serve.”

At the event, Department of Homeland Security representatives discussed emerging threats and security trends impacting businesses engaged in international trade between the U.S. and Mexico. Participants also received an update on the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), a joint government-business initiative supported by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Mexico Customs General Administration provided an update on the Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas (NEEC). Similar to C-TPAT, NEEC is a voluntary program geared towards Mexican manufacturers and exporters meant to strengthen supply chain security through internationally recognized standards. Other presentations focused on best practices for security in intermodal transportation, southern border security breaches, counter terrorism efforts in the trucking industry, traveler safety trends, and global security technologies.

“Ryder has a rich history of coordinating with clients and regulatory agencies to provide predictive intelligence and actionable information on evolving threats that could impact their client’s operations. It is only through looking at the overall threat picture and applying these best practices that true security integrity of the end-to-end supply chain can be achieved. Ryder has set the industry standard for the development and deployment of these solutions,” said Matthew Wharton, president of Guidepost Solutions Security & Technology.

Ryder Mexico provides comprehensive logistics and supply chain management solutions to companies with operations in Mexico. Ryder Mexico manages more than 3.1 million square feet of warehouse and more than 3.7 million square feet of yard space in Mexico and handles more than 3,000 cross-border freight movements between the U.S. and Mexico a week.