Supply Chain Management
For shippers and their customers, there exist broad responsibilities and security principles that apply throughout the life cycle of a shipment of goods. These responsibilities apply equally to times before, during and after having custody of the goods. Security seals are an integral part of the chain of custody, and a comprehensive brand protection program. International standards address the issue of Seal Integrity. IS0 28000 states:
Importance of specifying security relationships
Greater clarity and consensus about the relationships among the parties in the movement of secure containerized goods, coupled with consistent application and enforcement of those relationships, will provide multiple benefits to all of those parties.
These benefits include:
- Improved security against acts of terrorism that exploit the global trade in goods.
- Reduced risk of economic hardship caused by disruptions to or closures of trade in response to terrorist acts.
- Improved security against theft and diversion of cargo, with consequent reductions in direct losses and indirect costs, such as insurance.
- Improved security against illegal transport of materials such as narcotics and weapons, and of persons.
- Improved security against the illegal movement of “black market” and “grey market” trade goods.
- Reduced risk of evasion of duties and taxes.
- Increased confidence in international trading systems by current and potential shippers of goods.
- Facilitation dividends, such as a reduced number of examinations (reduced border times) and access to simplified procedures.
Responsibilities along the chain of custody
There are responsibilities and principles that apply throughout the life cycle of a shipment of goods.
Each party with data that needs to be filed with the government for Customs and security screening purposes has responsibilities.
These responsibilities include:
- Protecting the physical goods from tampering, theft, and damage.
- Providing appropriate information to government authorities
- Timely and accurate manner for security screening purposes
- Protecting the information related to the goods from tampering and unauthorized access. This responsibility applies equally to times before, during and after having custody of the goods.
Security seals are an integral part of the chain of custody.