It is soon the sad 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack that left more than 2,900 people dead in Manhattan, New York. This tragedy, which traumatized a large part of the American population and even the world, also caused significant material damage. Thus, a few years later, new standards for the manufacture of security seals were established in order to better protect access to containers or compartments for transporting goods.
What happened on September 11, 2001?
The tragedy of Tuesday September 11, 2001 is undoubtedly the deadliest terrorist attack recorded to date, claiming a total of more than 8,000 victims, including around 2,900 dead and 6,200 injured, in less than 2 hours.
That day, terrorists managed to hijack 4 planes and 2 of them were thrown at the World Trade Center twin towers. These collapsed less than 2 hours later, causing them to fall in 2 more towers. The third aircraft were thrown into the Pentagon in Washington D.C. while the fourth crashed in a land in Pennsylvania.
What are ISO 17712 and C-TPAT standards?
As we said above, this sad event led the authorities to define standards concerning the safety of transported goods. We give you more details on this subject below.
The ISO 17712 standard
The ISO 17712 standard defines the requirements to be met for the manufacture of security seals intended to lock mechanical freight containers:
- Security seals should be unique and easy to verify. They must also include all the necessary information;
- Devices cannot be reused;
- The minimum diameter allowed for bottle-type seals is 18 mm;
- All models of seals must be tested by accredited entities and their compliance with strength standards must be approved.
The C-TPAT standard
C-TPAT, or Customs – Trade Partnership against Terrorism, is a US program that aims to combat terrorist threats related to the importation of goods into the US. It sets strict standards for the manufacture of products so that they offer a high level of security. Using devices that comply with the C-TPAT standard can provide you with several benefits, including the following.
- Inspection procedures are reduced;
- Goods cross borders faster thanks to dedicated trade lanes;
- You have access to a C-TPAT members site to find accredited companies.
At Secur-T, we provide you with security products such as cable seals compliant with ISO 17712 / C-TPAT standards for locking your goods during transportation. We also offer premium quality cable cutters to easily break seals on arrival. Please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our online catalog for additional information on the available items.