U.S. Customs & Border Protection is at the forefront of keeping our country safe by guarding against security threats and contraband of all kinds. They have launched several programs designed to secure the supply chain that introduces foreign goods into the commerce of the U.S. It is the duty of all parties in the supply chain to take precautions and measures to ensure shipments crossing international borders are secure and free of contraband. The program that offers all parties of the supply chain the best opportunity to benefit through participation is C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism). Near North Customs Brokers US, Inc. as a certified C-TPAT member urges all eligible parties to apply for certification.
C-TPAT offers participation to Carriers, Importers, Foreign Manufacturer & Exporters, Customs Brokers and Consolidators. C-TPAT offers trade-related businesses an opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism. By participating in this first, worldwide supply chain security initiative, companies will ensure a more secure and expeditious supply chain for their employees, suppliers and customers. Beyond these essential security benefits, CBP will offer advantages to certain certified C-TPAT member categories, including:
- Reduced number of CBP inspections (reduced border delay times)
- Priority processing for CBP inspections. (Front of the Line processing for inspections when possible.)
- Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) who will work with the company to validate and enhance security throughout the company’s international supply chain.
- Potential eligibility for CBP Importer Self-Assessment program (ISA) with an emphasis on self-policing, not CBP audits.
- Eligibility to attend C-TPAT supply chain security training seminars.
One of the most important parts of a secure supply chain is the measures the carrier takes, ensuring shipment security. We recommend using a carrier that participates in C-TPAT. As a C-TPAT certified carrier you can be sure they have:
- Implemented internal shipment checks/audits to ensure what is on your paperwork matches what is on the truck.
- Implemented employee security background checks
- Implement Customs advice with regards to shipment inspection and truck inspection including their 17-point vehicle inspection process and 7-point container inspection process.
For more information on U.S. Customs & Border Protections C-TPAT program, please refer to their website at https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-security/ctpat