A new US strategy for global supply chain security was unveiled at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, by US Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano.

The idea of the National Strategy for Global Supply Chain Security is to promote the efficient and secure movement of goods within a resilient supply chain system.

The plan also gives guidance for the US government and domestic, international, public and private stakeholders sharing a common interest in the security of the global supply chain.

“We must continue to strengthen global supply chains to ensure that they operate effectively in time of crisis; recovery quickly from disruptions; and facilitate international trade and travel,” said Napolitano.

“As part of this effort, we look forward to working closely with our international partners in the public and private sector to build a more resilient global supply chain.”

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of State are set to lead a six-month consultation period with the international community and industry stakeholders. A report on the implementation of the strategy is due to be released within 12 months of its announcement.

Meanwhile, the DHS has launched Program Global Shield with the World Customs Organisation, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, and Interpol.

The initiative is designed to protect the supply chain by preventing the theft or illegal diversion of chemicals used to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).