CALGARY, Alberta – Canadian Pacific Railway on March 21 announced it has further strengthened its cross-border security by joining the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
C-TPAT is a U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection initiative to build relationships between business and government that strengthen overall supply chain and border security.
“C-TPAT membership is an important vote of confidence in the steps CPR has taken to run a secure railway in the face of recent security threats,” Rob Ritchie, CPR’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said. “Initiatives such as C-TPAT help to keep important international trade routes operating safely and securely in these turbulent times.”
By working with Customs officials and shippers to meet C-TPAT guidelines, CPR expects to see smoother Customs clearance processes at the company’s eight border points.
CPR was granted C-TPAT membership after demonstrating strong security standards in various aspects of its organization, including infrastructure, facilities and data management. CPR will work with Customs officials to implement further security improvements and promote a secure supply chain by encouraging shippers and transportation partners to adopt C-TPAT standards.
Canadian Pacific Railway is Canada’s first transcontinental railway and is the only transcontinental carrier with direct service to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard. CPR’s 14,000-mile network serves the principal centers of Canada, from Montreal to Vancouver, and the U.S. Northeast and Midwest regions. Its track feeds directly into the Chicago hub from the East and West coasts. Alliances with other carriers extend CPR’s market reach beyond its own network and into the major business centers of Mexico.