What is C-TPAT?
C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is a US government-business initiative that was introduced in 2001. It
was designed to strengthen overall
supply chain and border security by working in close cooperation with the key members of the supply chain - importers,
carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers.
Businesses must apply to participate in C-TPAT, which can be done via the US Customs website. Shipments
from participants in C-TPAT will be able to move across US borders quicker than non-member shipments, because
Customs will offer potential benefits to C-TPAT members, most notably a reduced number of inspections (reduced border times).
Participants will sign an agreement that commits them to the following actions:
- Conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of supply chain security using the
C-TPAT security guidelines. These guidelines, which are available for review
on the Customs website encompass the following areas:
- Procedural Security
- Physical Security
- Personnel Security
- Education and Training
- Access Controls
- Manifest Procedures
- Conveyance Security
- Submit a supply chain security profile questionnaire to Customs.
- Develop and implement a program to enhance security throughout the supply
chain in accordance with C-TPAT guidelines.
- Communicate C-TPAT guidelines to other companies in the supply chain and
work toward building the guidelines into relationships with these companies.
Full details of C-TPAT requirements are available on the US Customs website
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