Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano on November 3 spoke with execs from global shipping companies, including UPS, DHL, FedEx and TNT, to discuss air cargo screening and security efforts after the recent disrupted attempt to conceal and ship explosive devices on board aircraft bound for the United States.
During the call, Secretary Napolitano according to the DHS underscored her commitment to partnering with the shipping industry to strengthen cargo security through enhanced screening and preventative measures, including terrorism awareness training for staff. UPS, DHL, FedEx and TNT employ more than one million employees in hundreds of countries around the world.
After her call with shipping industry executives, Secretary Napolitano spoke with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Giovanni Bisignani about the Department’s continued collaboration with our private sector partners and international allies to secure the global supply chain through a layered security approach to identify, deter and disrupt threats. She also reiterated her commitment to ongoing coordination with the airline and shipping industries to uphold TSA security standards, including the vetting of personnel with access to cargo, employee training, and cargo screening procedures.