The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has released the ATA Certified Cargo Security Professional Resource Guidebook, which provides a detailed synopsis of motor carrier security from pick up to delivery. The Guidebook will be covered in the February 2009 issue of Security Magazine in a special transportation security supplement.

Developed by the Security Council of American Trucking Associations, the 186-page Guidebook helps readers evaluate and manage risk and trucking security, whether physical security en route and at a facility, personnel, or information and computer security. The Certified Cargo Security Professional (CCSP) guidebook covers investigations in the logistics environment, emergency disaster management, federal security regulations for hazardous materials transportation, cross-border security, intermodal security, and food security.

In addition, the Guidebook is the study resource for the CCSP Certification examination administered through ATA and recognized by the North American Transportation Management Institute. The CCSP Certification is a specialty credential that denotes a level of knowledge and skill in the design, implementation and administration of security protection in the cargo/transportation industry.

“Eighty percent of all communities in the U.S. rely solely on trucks for the products and goods they receive, including food, books, clothing, electronics, automobiles, and medical supplies,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves. “Securing the transportation infrastructure and supply chain against potential acts of cargo theft, natural disaster, organized crime, and even terrorism is a critical piece of the homeland security effort. ATA established the CCSP Certification and accompanying CCSP Resource Guidebook to address this vital need by expanding and unifying our industry’s approach to security.”

The Guidebook, part of the ATA Business Solutions line of products, events, services, can be purchased at or by calling (866) 821-3468.

The Security Council of the American Trucking Associations is the only national organization dedicated exclusively to addressing motor carrier issues related to security of personnel, cargo, truck, facility, information, and the homeland. It exists to serve, promote, and create value for members and the industry through research, education, information dissemination, peer and law enforcement interaction, consensus building, and incentive programs. The Security Council inspires contributions to trucking operations that make them more secure and more profitable.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.