Arlington, Va., President George W. Bush signed the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act into law on Friday at a White House ceremony. The legislation enhances the multi-layered, risk-based cargo-security system the U.S. government has developed since Sept. 11, 2001. The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) congratulated the bipartisan effort that resulted in the bill's approval by Congress.
"All Americans can celebrate the signing of the SAFE Port Act into law,” RILA senior VP Paul Kelly said in a statement. "This comprehensive cargo-chain security legislation is now the law of the land, thanks to months of hard work by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, who worked with private sector stakeholders to develop comprehensive legislation that builds on the current supply chain security system."