MIAMI, Fla.–Ryder System, Inc. announced that it is the first third-party logistics provider to be awardedSAFETY ActCertification from the U.S.Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for its global supply chain security program. The SAFETY (Support Anti-terrorism by Fostering Effective Technologies) Act provides important liability protections for providers of products and services with anti-terrorism benefits. The SAFETY Act award validates Ryder’s effective anti-terrorism security practices, but it also affords liability protections from third-party claims arising from an act of terrorism to Ryder customers who employ the company’s certified supply chain services. This certification places Ryder on the DHS “Approved Product List for Homeland Security.”
Ryder received the Certification for the physical, technical and procedural security measures the company has put in place to ensure the secure shipment of goods transported across international borders into the United States. This includes conducting supply chain risk assessments; policies and procedures for selecting and monitoring business partners; a detailed record-keeping and shipment monitoring program; vetting new hires and training Ryder personnel on global supply chain security threats; and a comprehensive auditing program. The Certification also recognized Ryder’s risk assessment processes; cargo security methods; physical security systems; on-board technologies; and suspicious activity targeting program.
“The SAFETY Act Certification validates Ryder’s industry-leading supply chain security program,” stated John Williford, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions for Ryder. “We remain committed to collaborating with government agencies and law enforcement, through participation in programs such as the SAFETY Act, to improve homeland security and ensure the safety of our people, customers, operations, and communities.”
Earlier this year, Ryder was also the first company in the truck rental and leasing industry to be awarded SAFETY Act Designation for its customer screening process for vehicle rental, lease and sales, as well as for enhanced security measures the company takes to secure its fleet during times of heightened security threats.
Ryder is certified as a Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) in the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) for its operations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Asia, as well as in the Canada Partners in Protection (PIP) program.
Julia Kuzeljevich is Editor of Canadian Shipper. She has been writing about transportation and logistics issues since 1999. All posts by Julia Kuzeljevich