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What does C-TPAT certification mean?

Started by Nipa Sarker, September 27, 2018, 11:11:16 AM

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Nipa Sarker

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program which is also supported by the Department of Homeland Security. The initiative intends to seek voluntary cooperative relationships between CBP and organizations such as importers, carriers, and brokers who agree to ensure the integrity of their security practices. These organizations also must communicate their security guidelines to trading and supply chain partners. The program was launched in November 2001 with seven initial participants, which were all large U.S. companies.

The goal of C-TPAT is to protect supply chains, identify any potential security gaps, and implement specific measures to strengthen border security and keep the United States safe. The program is based on the premise that Customs and Border Protection can better protect the public with the cooperation of importers, carriers, and brokers who manage their supply chain. Companies who achieve C-TPAT certification must have a documented process for determining and minimizing risks throughout their international supply chain. Entrance into this program allows companies to be considered a low risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo, including fewer Customs examinations.