Going Green

The international trade industry has been called to task for environmental concerns for several decades. As far back as November, 1999, protestors wore turtle costumes to the World Trade Organization’s meeting in Seattle. The protestors voiced concerns that sea turtles were being ensnared in nets used by the international shrimp industry.

Following that event, anti-globalization protests became common at multi-national meetings.

Pollution, the dumping of waste, and the deforestation of tropical forests are all part of our global footprint that can affect the environment.

Recent news is that several of the largest global port terminal operators have joined a program to raise awareness of environmental challenges that involve the marine transportation industry.

Joining together to promote environmental awareness are Port of Rotterdam Authority (PRA), DP World, Hutchison Port Holdings Limited, PSA International and Shanghai International Port Group.

The September program will discuss re-use, recycling and climate change. Activities will include promoting environmental awareness and securing local business partners to join the cause.

This initiative by the marine terminal operators is a rally for doing what is right for the environment and for the people. Working together to address critical issues is the catalyst for change.

CBP Launches New CTPAT Portal Website

After two weeks of delays, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection is planning to launch Phase II of the CTPAT Portal 2.0 website on Friday, May 29th. The installation process, which should take approximately two days, promises to bring much needed updates to the old system. The website will be unavailable during the transfer process.

The new Phase promises enhanced account management tools, an updated format for completing the Security Profile, and allow CTPAT partners who have more than one account to easily access and manage all account simultaneously. Previous errors and issues will be fixed, and the addition of the Exporter application allows interested exporters to apply for CTPAT.

After months of emails and planning, the initial update, scheduled for May 16th, was pushed back two weeks. No word was given as to why the delay occurred. The new Phase II portal will be available beginning June 1st.