WHAT IS C-TPAT?
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program (C-TPAT) is a voluntary joint effort between the United States government and businesses involved in importing goods into the United States. Created in 2001 and launched with seven companies, designed so all businesses, regardless of size, can participate in global supply chain security.
Customs Border Patrol (CBP) working together with industry to enhance international supply chain security and to facilitate legitimate compliant trade, thus strengthening the supply chain.
C-TPAT is widely recognized as one of the most effective means of providing the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with international supply chain businesses.
SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE IN THE C-TPAT PROGRAM?
Currently there are over 10,000 members of C-TPAT with emphasis on expanding the program to include Mutual Recognition with foreign governmental programs such as:
- AEO (Authorized Economic Operator) Europe and Latin America
- PIP (Partners in Protection) Canada
- NEEC (Nuevo Esquema de Empresas Certificadas) Mexico.
WHAT BES CAN DO FOR YOU
BES will provide direct support in the complete development of your C-TPAT program. We understand the challenges of today’s supply chain to meet shipping deadlines, protecting cargo and being a good corporate citizen while remaining compliant with U.S. Customs regulations. Our goal is to provide the customer with solutions to assist in the certification and validation of their C-TPAT program.
As a global leader we have expanded our compliance initiatives to include World Customs Organization programs such as AEO, PIP, and NEEC accepted under mutual recognition agreements with C-TPAT. Our staff is well qualified and experienced in the development and implementation of the WCO programs. BES support and training enabled Fortune 100 / 500 companies to achieve Tier III validation, the highest level within the U.S. Customs C-TPAT program.
BES will support your business with a comprehensive plan development that will include:
- Five-Step Risk Assessment
- C-TPAT Policy and Procedure Manual development
- Submission of the Security Profile into the CBP on-line portal
- Physical Security design and implementation
- Validation audit support
- Auditing (Supplier and/or vendor validation)
Moving Forward Together to the Next Level
- The C-TPAT model has adapted to achieve innovative and flexible solutions to address security challenges
- Increase membership from 10,000 to 40,000 over next 5 years
- Increased benefits to Tier III members
- Minimal or no inspections
- Approximately 3% of current C-TPAT members are Tier III (300+)
- Increased participation and recognition of foreign implementation of government programs
- Mutual Recognition Program
C-TPAT COMPLIANCE – BENEFITS
- Minimal inspections into U.S. ports
- Competitive advantage for future market share
- Protection for your supply chain
- Reduction of documentation
- Speed to market
- Sustainable growth
- Key qualified business partner for U.S. Importers
- Increased revenue
- Good Corporate citizen
RISKS / C-TPAT NON-COMPLIANCE
- Loss of revenue
- U.S. Importers mandating compliance
- Increase inspections
- Extended delivery time
- Breach of contract – delivery terms
- Potential loss of product
- Transportation issues (land and sea)