About Secret History

Commentary on Latin America.
Mostly about Mexico - but not always.
Designed to encourage readers to learn about
the apparently "secret history" of 500 million people
spread across two continents
- but not always.
You can always count on a little snark.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Military - Rental Truck Complex

If you thought that Ryder was just a truck you rent to pack fertilizer bombs in, you're mistaken. This week the corporation sponsored a conference on border security in Ft. Worth, TX, complete with representatives from the department of homeland security. Says the company's press release:
"Increasing collaboration between government agencies and the private sector is one of the best ways to mitigate security threats against business," said Sanford Hodes, Vice President, Safety, Health & Security for Ryder. "We are grateful for the support of the Department of Homeland Security and Ryder's other security partners at this event and are committed to continuing to share best practices and prevention strategies that improve security throughout our operations and those of our customers."
It appears Ryder and other companies are looking for ways to guarantee that their businesses are not only kept safe from border violence, but are also not used in, well, unsavory border business. Ryder is also a part of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) - a DHS / Business coalition designed to increase the inspection and security on "the global supply chain." Read more here. Because Ryder is a Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) - a provider of transportation and warehouse services - it is in a perfect position to inspect goods and storage. It is also a perfect target / tool for smugglers. They are also the kind of company that needs a more free and open border to provide the sort of speed and service they offer customers working in the Maquilas and transporting goods to the US. Ryder is a $1.6 billion (total revenue) company and manages over $4 billion in freight - surely smuggling and the closed border must be costing them a penny or two.

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