SOURCE: Ryder System, Inc.

Ryder System, Inc.

June 24, 2009 07:30 ET

Ryder Earns Anti-Terrorism Certification for Third Party Logistics Operations in U.S., Canada, and Mexico

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in transportation and supply chain management solutions, announced its certification as a Third Party Logistics Provider (3PL) in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) for logistics operations in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  The 3PL certification enhances Ryder's existing C-TPAT certification as a Highway Carrier received in 2003, enabling the Company to incorporate its more complex supply chain operations in North America into the program.

C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative supported by the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  Since its inception, C-TPAT has sought to build voluntary cooperative relationships with importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers that promote global supply chain security and reduce border vulnerabilities.  The creation of the new Third Party Logistics Provider enrollment category in 2008 is part of a continuing evolution of the C-TPAT program and its efforts to include those supply chain sectors that add value to U.S. Customs and Border Protection's efforts to protect the supply chain.

"Implementation of the Third Party Logistics Provider category for C-TPAT reinforces the extensive impact that outsourced logistics providers have on international supply chain security," said Ryder President of Global Supply Chain Solutions, John Williford.  "C-TPAT has become the benchmark for doing business with importers and large manufacturers in the U.S. and Ryder's participation in the program reflects its commitment to improving supply chain and cargo security."

Businesses are required to apply for participation in C-TPAT and must conduct a comprehensive assessment of their supply chain security using the C-TPAT security guidelines developed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the trade community.

Ryder has supply chain operations throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and in Asia.  For customers who rely on Ryder to safely and securely transport their products throughout North America, the C-TPAT certification helps to ensure that border crossings are faster and smoother. Ryder currently supports several C-TPAT importers and foreign manufacturers from hundreds of locations across North America.

About Ryder

Ryder provides leading-edge transportation, logistics and supply chain management solutions.  Ryder's stock (NYSE: R) is a component of the Dow Jones Transportation Average and the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.  Ryder ranks 399th on the FORTUNE 500®.  For more information on Ryder System, Inc., visit www.ryder.com.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Certain statements and information included in this news release  are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Accordingly, these forward-looking statements should be evaluated with consideration given to the many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements including those risks set forth in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  New risks emerge from time to time.  It is not possible for management to predict all such risk factors or to assess the impact of such risks on our business.  Accordingly, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

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