The Dept. of Transportation and the U.S. Customs department have launched Operation Safe Commerce (OSC), a program to fund business initiatives designed to enhance security for container cargo moving internationally.
OSC will provide a test bed for new security techniques that have the potential to increase the security of container shipments. DOT and Customs will use the program to identify existing vulnerabilities in the supply chain and develop improved methods for ensuring the security of cargo entering and leaving the United States.
An executive steering committee co-chaired by DOT and Customs will select projects for funding and provide oversight for the program.
"This initiative will ensure the security of the containers that will pass through our ports and onto America's highways and railways," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate transportation appropriations subcommittee.