MIAMI - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in commercial fleet management and supply chain solutions, hosted a U.S.–Mexico Border Security Summit on November 13th to initiate information sharing between customers, business partners, and government security agencies. The conference, which took place in Ft. Worth, TX, 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, counterterrorism efforts in the trucking industry, traveler safety trends, and global security technologies.
According to Matthew Wharton, President of Guidepost Solutions Security & Technology Consulting Practice, “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.”
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. Globally, the Ryder Supply Chain Solutions business segment manages approximately 35 million square feet of warehouse space and contracts with more than 1,700 carriers in all modes of transportation in the markets it serves. Ryder has partnered with Mexican carriers since it first began operating in Mexico in 1994 and celebrated its twentieth anniversary in the country in 2014.
Ryder’s Global Security team is charged with identifying and implementing proactive measures to reduce theft and losses; improve supply chain, cargo, and fleet security; and protect the Company’s and customers’ physical, personal, and intellectual assets. In the interest of national security and as a responsible business entity, Ryder has a number of programs in place to improve security around the Company’s supply chain operations. Ryder is certified as a Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) for logistics operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Asia.
Ryder is a FORTUNE 500® commercial fleet and supply chain management solutions company. Ryder’s stock (NYSE:R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. Inbound Logistics magazine has recognized Ryder as a top third party logistics provider and green supply chain partner. In addition, Security Magazine has named Ryder one of the top companies for security practices in the transportation, logistics, supply chain, and warehousing sector. Ryder is a proud member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, supporting national and local disaster preparedness and response efforts. For more information, visit www.ryder.com