APM Terminals places great importance on port and cargo security. We actively engage with national and international law enforcement agencies and make every effort to reduce risks and address threats to the global supply chain.

Our marine terminals cooperate with U.S., European Union and other national agencies, customers, suppliers and local port authorities to apply a global, multi-layered risk-based approach to security. The risk-based approach enables us to respond to changing risk patterns in the global supply chain. 

Security measures in effect

  • Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT); APM Terminals has been a signatory since 2004 as part of the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.
  • Container Security Initiative (CSI); APM Terminals has actively participated in cooperation with the Megaports project with the U.S. Department of Energy and Customs Border Protection agency (CBP).
  • Secure Freight Initiative (SFI); this program includes the stipulation that ship lines are required to submit advance cargo information for U.S.-bound vessels no later than 24 hours before the cargo is laden aboard the vessel at a foreign port as well as the 10+2 data reporting requirements, a CBP regulation that requires importers and vessel operating carriers to provide additional advance trade data to CBP pursuant to Section 203 of the SAFE Port Act of 2006 and section 343(a) of the Trade Act of 2002, as amended by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, for non-bulk cargo shipments arriving into the United States by vessel.
  • Container Scanning is now available at more than half of all APM Terminals’ facility locations.
  • International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Certification: All APM Terminals port facilities are certified.
  • Applied Economic Operator (AEO) Certification: Two of our European terminals. Rotterdam and Zeebrugge, have recently been certified to AEO standards, which are the highest security standard within EU.

The U.S. Safe Port Act mandates CBP to develop scanning capabilities in strategic lane corridors, where scanning data will be most beneficial. APM Terminals supports the modified approach that considers multiple risk analysis and considers scanning of a certain percentage of containers, which is one element in this process. This is consistent with global Supply Chain Security.

APM Terminals recognises that container scanning at transshipment ports has a significant impact on operational efficiencies. We continue to work with Homeland Security to find solutions to reduce this operational impact through projects in Algeciras, Tanjung Pelepas and Salalah.

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