BSI makes the “GRADE” with U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Press release - Reston, VA - March 23, 2010

The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program has selected BSI to provide a single-source, web-based intelligence repository that will be readily accessible by the C-TPAT’s Supply Chain Security Specialists (SCSS). This purpose-built solution, termed Global Risk Analysis & Data Evaluation (GRADE), will assist SCSS through a systematic approach of quantifying country risk factors necessary to help make informed decisions on where to conduct international C-TPAT validations.

BSI maintains one of the largest, continuously-updated, non-governmental proprietary databases that quantifies the risk of more than 870 terrorist groups and their threat to Western destined commerce. GRADE will provide SCSS up-to-date country risk analysis data, risk of terrorism threats to Western interests, cargo disruption analysis in 200+ countries, country demographics, as well as extensive travel security data. Intelligence within GRADE will assist C-TPAT SCSS determine at risk locations and at risk supply chains in order to provide a risk-based approach to C-TPAT validation site selection.

BSI’s Supply Chain Security experience, proprietary anti-Western terrorism and cargo disruption data bases and transportation security infrastructure assessments in more than 50 countries provides the foundation of GRADE. “We are working with the C-TPAT group to provide a clear and quantifiable measure of transportation and cargo security risk posed in every country. This insight will provide SCSS’ a foundation of country level risks and help uniform the manner in which supply chain exposures are analyzed prior to performing the validation assessments.” said Dan Purtell, BSI Senior Vice President, Supply Chain Solutions.