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Contact: Erin Dhand, Manager, Corporate Communications and Community Affairs
Telephone: 843-577-8121 • Fax: 843-577-8127 • e-mail: EDhand@scspa.com


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3/1/2004

Port Earns Security Certification - C-TPAT Means Stronger Port Security

Charleston, SC - The South Carolina State Ports Authority is now a certified member of the world’s first global transportation security program, helping to protect our nation against terrorist threats.

As a certified member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT, the Ports Authority must continue to enhance and improve port security by taking specific steps.

The Department of Homeland Security approved the Port’s application and security profile after an exhaustive four-month review.

“Participating in C-TPAT brings a higher level of security to our community, our state and our nation,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and CEO of the South Carolina State Ports Authority. “Effective port security is vital to protecting our nation and ensuring the smooth flow of cargo.”

The goal of C-TPAT is to enhance anti-terrorism efforts by strengthening security measures not only at the border, but throughout the entire supply chain. Importers and transportation service providers that participate in C-TPAT become the front lines of the nation’s anti-terrorism efforts. Benefits of participation include not only higher security, but potentially a reduced number of inspections.

“ The Port Authority's willingness to enter into this important partnership with Customs & Border Protection (CBP) demonstrates its understanding of, and commitment to, the goal of securing the port while at the same time facilitating the movement of legitimate cargo,” said Pam Zaresk, port director for CBP. “CBP is extremely pleased that the SCSPA has joined the C-TPAT program.”

By agreeing to participate in the voluntary program, the Ports Authority has taken, and will continue to take, a number of steps to enhance and improve security. As a member, the Ports Authority must:

Maintain a detailed security plan
Develop a self-policing program to review security procedures
Continue current security efforts and complete a yearly assessment
o Maintain a high-level of compliance with requirements
o Encourage other companies to participate in C-TPAT

C-TPAT is one of several new programs developed by U.S. Customs & Border Protection since 9/11. For more information on C-TPAT, see the CBP website:
http://www.customs.gov/xp/cgov/import/commercial_enforcement/ctpat/

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