Following Monday's crackdown on imports of printer toner cartridges in the wake of the Yemeni bomb plot, risk, compliance and data management specialist Datanomic has said that the supply chain industry will need to adopt a risk-based approach to cargo screening.
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The firm said that the third party supply chain industry should brace itself for greater scrutiny and more rigorous audit and compliance checks.
"Whilst there may not be any legislative requirement to prevent access to services for an individual or entity who is not on a Denied Party or Sanctions list, applying risk-based business rules to each consignment request could provide a low-overhead method of identifying possible threats," said Datanomic vice president of risk and compliance screening, Simon Pearson.
Datanomic called for distributors to combine existing Know Your Customer checks and manual scans, with risk-based Customer and Denied Party screening with automated escalations when risk thresholds are breached.
Meanwhile, printer consumables and hardware supplier Kyocera Mita has moved to reassure its resellers that its supply chain will not be affected by the changes to import restrictions, which were announced in the Commons by home secretary Theresa May.
"All genuine Kyocera consumables are imported to the UK by sea as part of our strategy to minimise environmental impact," said Kyocera channel sales manager Charlotte Elmer.
"We can be confident that whatever emergency measures are put in place to restrict air shipments there will be no negative impact on our consumables channnel," she added.
The current restrictions are expected to last until early December but will almost certainly be subject to review; the US already screens 100% of cargo on US passenger planes.