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SITPRO Simplifying International Trade

Policy Development Security

Following the upsurge of worldwide terrorist activity in recent years, including the attacks on the World Trade Centre in 2001 and London in 2005, there have been calls from Government Departments and agencies to improve security of the movement of goods. SITPRO is actively involved with the design and development of new security procedures, seeking to ensure that facilitation-based controls are introduced that will secure the supply chain without impeding legitimate trade.

Security Initiatives

In January 2008, SITPRO published a UK Review of Security Initiatives in International Trade (pdf 820KB PDF Icon) is a guide to the various steps towards a secure supply chain that are being implemented around the world, as they relate to the UK. It examines the different types of security initiatives in place, the government bodies involved and the types of business effected. It also provides brief summaries of the major initiatives shaping the security environment at the start of 2008.

You can read the full report online at (pdf 820KB PDF Icon).

Impact on Traders

In August 2007, SITPRO asked traders to complete a short questionnaire asking about the impact of new security measures on their businesses. Responses were received from approximately 70 companies across the international trade sector: freight forwarders, agents, airlines, airline cargo handlers, ferry services, port authorities and road hauliers.

The results emphasise the burdens and challenges security measures have placed upon businesses in the last five years. A leaflet outlining SITPRO's findings was sent out with the Autumn 2007 issue of SITPRO News and is also available on this website at

The UK Border Agency

In November 2007 the UK's Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, announced the formation of the UK Border Agency. This followed an announcement in July that consultation would be undertaken by the Cabinet Office on a 'Unified Border Force' concept. SITPRO lobbied for the inclusion of goods within the scope of this exercise and was pleased to learn that this had been included in the final proposals. However, a poll run on the SITPRO website during the consultation (July - October 2007) indicated a preference amongst respondents for improved co-ordination of existing agencies, rather than a new unified force and SITPRO has raised concerns about how the new agency will fit into the existing government landscape.

US Security Initiatives

SITPRO has prepared a paper updating exporters to the USA on the latest developments with US security initiatives as of January 2010 (pdf 86KB PDF Icon). SITPRO also produced a position paper on the trial of the US 100% scanning scheme which took place at the Port of Southampton, outlining its concerns with the initiative.

Getting involved

If you represent a business that imports or exports and would like to be involved with SITPRO's work on security issues or if you have an opinion or concern to voice, then please contact us at Mail Icon.

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