AMERICAS: US eyeing a global ‘trusted shipper’ programme

The US is in talks with its allies, airlines and maritime groups about creating a global vetting system for international cargo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said recently. The so-called “trusted shipper” programme is part of a wider effort to boost the safety of air cargo, whose vulnerability was exposed when terrorists in Yemen hid […]


The US is in talks with its allies, airlines and maritime groups about creating a global vetting system for international cargo, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said recently. The so-called “trusted shipper” programme is part of a wider effort to boost the safety of air cargo, whose vulnerability was exposed when terrorists in Yemen hid two powerful bombs inside printers and shipped them aboard cargo planes destined for the US late last year. The trusted shipper program would create a list of pre-vetted cargo companies whose goods would be subject to fewer checks, while those outside the programme could expect “much more intensive inspection,” Napolitano told reporters in London. Napolitano said that trusted shipper programmes already exist in some form in a number of countries, but that the US is seeking to standardise the vetting so that criteria are consistent across the world.