WASHINGTON — Despite improved U.S. port security and container inspections, holes in the system might be exploited by terrorists, according to a report by Congressional investigators released Tuesday.
The Government Accountability Office study focused on a program that allows companies to certify the security of their supply chain based on certain guidelines in order to speed processing. The report said there had been advancements at the ports but found flaws in government verification of the practices of firms enrolled in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism initiative, known as C-TPAT.
C-TPAT is administered by the Department of Homeland Security and its U.S. Customs & Border Protection unit, which agreed with most of the GAO’s findings and recommendations.
“Every time responsibility for cargo in containers changes hands along the supply chain there is the potential for a security breach,” the report said. “Thus vulnerabilities exist that terrorists could exploit.”
One example given was the possibility that weapons of mass destruction could be shipped into the U.S. in a container, which is not known to have happened, the report said.
C-TPAT is a voluntary program, and achieving security certification streamlines the search process at the ports and other points of entry for goods into the U.S. Benefits include reduced inspections, priority processing or front-of-the-line border access.
The investigators recommended that Customs step up security equipment and procedures, as well as establish performance measures for supply chain security improvements.
The report acknowledged that Customs had taken steps to work with importers in improving supply chain security, but added that it is important to also “maintain adequate internal controls to ensure that member companies deserve these benefits.” A GAO report in 2005 also found that many enrolled companies were not adequately being vetted before receiving the C-TPAT benefits.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast