The article below first appeared on Seaboard Marine’s website on April 6, 2009. This week U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released an instructional video on container inspection techniques that was filmed at this New Orleans event in April.

Original Article:

A modified container uniquely created by Seaboard Marine was used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at their annual C-TPAT conference held last week in New Orleans. The yearly event, Managing Risk in the Global Supply Chain, was attended by over 1,400 persons including private sector security professionals, CBP officials, seaport security directors and industry executives.

The intent of the event was to further strengthen the C-TPAT partnership between CBP and industry which has become an integral component of CBP’s layered strategy for achieving the goal of balancing lawful commerce with securing the nation’s borders. Established in 2001, C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. Seaboard Marine was one of the first shipping lines accepted into the C-TPAT program.

The three-day conference included various workshops as well as addresses from CBP officials including Jayson Ahern, Acting Commissioner; Bradd Skinner, Director of C-TPAT/Industry Partner Programs; and Thomas Winkowski, Assistant Commissioner of the Office of Field Operations. They were joined by various security executives from the trade community including Scott McHugh, Vice President for Global Asset Protection, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

One of the featured elements of the program was CBP’s demonstration of how to properly examine a container using the “seven point exam method”. CBP was assisted in their presentation by Charles Mussoline, Seaboard’s Director of Security – Port of Miami, using a container specially built by Seaboard Marine for training purposes. This dry container, which was originally a standard normal “box”, contains a number of false compartments that are not readily visible. These compartments, which could be used to store hidden contraband, can be detected, though, by properly using the seven-point exam procedures.

Mussoline said, “This modified 20’ container, which was created by one of our foreign facilities in 2008 and shown to CBP personnel in Miami earlier this year, was being used in a training exercise in one of our Central America locations when CBP requested that we bring it to New Orleans for this conference. We were pleased to do so and showcase Seaboard’s participation and support of the C-TPAT program. It was an added benefit to demonstrate our efforts to so many of our valued customers that were among the 1,400 that attended.”