Cotecna Awarded US SAFETY Act Designation



    GENEVA, Switzerland, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - The US Department of Homeland
Security awarded Cotecna a Certificate of SAFETY Act Designation for their
C-TPAT Third Party Validation services. Jay Cohen, the Under Secretary of
Homeland Security for Science and Technology, conferred the designation on
28 August 2007. This designation identifies Cotecna's C-TPAT Third Party
Validation services as "Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology".
    The SAFETY Act (Support Anti-Terrorism by Fostering Effective
Technologies Act) provides liability protections for providers of Qualified
Anti-Terrorism Technologies - whether they are products or services. The goal
of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of new and
innovative anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability
protections.
    The Cotecna services covered in this Designation include validation of
supply chain activities' compliance with C-TPAT requirements. Under the
guidelines for the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) C-TPAT Third Party
Validation Pilot Program, Cotecna will work in conjunction with US importers
to validate C-TPAT compliance of manufacturing and transportation companies in
China, where CBP has been unable to conduct these operations.
    Daine Eisold, Vice President Supply Chain Security, said "Cotecna has
been a stalwart and trusted leader of trade security and facilitation services
for many years. This SAFETY Act designation recognizes our commitment to
support important security initiatives in the industry, as well as our ability
to effectively deliver these services worldwide."

    For more information:

    Cotecna C-TPAT 3rd Party Validation services:
    http://www.cotecna.com/COM/EN/C-TPAT-China.aspx

    SAFETY Act: www.safetyact.gov

    C-TPAT: http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/import/commercial_enforcement/ctpat/

    Founded in Switzerland in 1974, the COTECNA Group offers a wide range of
trade facilitation services, trade security services and quality certification
standards. Cotecna is a pioneer in areas such as risk management, destination
inspection and scanner integration projects and also offers Customs
modernization programmes, Customs valuation assistance, trade security
solutions and commercial inspections. For a full description of our services,
please visit www.cotecna.com. The Cotecna Group has a combined workforce of
about 4,000 employees and agents in close to 100 offices and holds 15
government inspection contracts.





For further information:

For further information: Cotecna Press, Alison Bourgeois, Vice President
Corporate Communications, Geneva, +41-22-849-78-23, press@cotecna.ch

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