Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
C-TPAT(Customs–Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is a voluntary Program, C-TPAT is the Custom and Border Protection Voluntary Trade apprenticeship program of the US, in which the CBP and the members of the trade community work together and provide a smooth path for the movement of the legitimate international trades, C-TPAT is also known as joint government-business partnership to help add to supply chain and increase border security where voluntary participants help in protecting supply chains from the concealment of terrorist weapons including weapons of mass destruction.
Major points of the CTPAT:
- Strengthening of the international supply chains
- Improving the US border security
- Provides the highest level of cargo security
- Closed co-operation with the stakeholders of the international supply chains.
From the time, C-TPAT was launched in November 2001, CTPAT has continued to grow. and began with seven initial participants. According to U.S. Customs Border Protection (CBP).
And The present scenario is that more than 11,400 certified partners who are spanning the gamut of the trade community have taken the receipt into the program and Nearly half of this number are importer.
Benefits of the C-TPAT Audit :
The partners of the C-TPAT enjoys variable types of benefits, some of which include the following:
- The potential benefits from C-TPAT certification is a measurable increase in the speed of freight and a reduction of fees.
- Reduction in the number of CBP examinations
- Enhanced front of line inspections
- Assigning the supply chain security specialists to a company
- Reduction in the waiting time at the border
- Provides access to the free and secure trades lanes at the land borders
- It provides access to the internet-based portal system and a library of training materials.
- Additional benefits like a trusted partner by foreign customs administrations that have consented to the mutual recognition with the US.
- Access to the C-TPAT Status Verification Interface (SVI)
- A CBP Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) assigned to the company
- Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Secure Supply Chain (SSC) program
- The potential to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA)
Process for C-TPAT Audit:
There are three steps to C-TPAT certification listed Below:
- The first step is for the company to conduct and fully document a security risk assessment
- The second step is for the company to submit a basic application via the C-TPAT Portal system
- The third step is for the company to complete a supply chain security profile which explains how the company is meeting C-TPAT’s minimum security criteria
After satisfactory completion of the application and supply chain security profile, CBP reviews the submitted materials. The CBP C-TPAT program will then have up to 90-days to certify the company into the program or to reject the application. If certified, the company will be validated within three years of certification.
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