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What it covers: C-TPAT is a worldwide supply chain security initiative established in 2004. It is a voluntary initiative run by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the goals of preventing terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the U.S. It is designed to build cooperative government-business relationships that strengthen and improve the overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. Businesses are asked to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.

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Benefits for participating in C-TPAT include a reduced number of CBP inspections, priority processing for CBP inspections, assignment of a C-TPAT supply chain security specialist to validate security throughout the company's supply chain and more.

Who is affected: Trade-related businesses, such as importers, carriers, consolidators, logistics providers, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.

Link to overview of C-TPAT:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/what_ctpat/ctpat_o...

Security criteria for various players:

http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/security_criteria/

Key requirements/provisions: C-TPAT relies on a multi-layered approach consisting of the following five goals:

1. Ensure that C-TPAT partners improve the security of their supply chains pursuant to C-TPAT security criteria.

2. Provide incentives and benefits to include expedited processing of C-TPAT shipments to C-TPAT partners.

3. Internationalize the core principals of C-TPAT.

4. Support other CBP initiatives, such as Free and Secure Trade, Secure Freight Initiative, Container Security Initiative.

5. Improve administration of the C-TPAT program.

C-TPAT security criteria encompass the following areas:

* Business partners

* Conveyance security

* Physical access control

* Personnel security

* Procedural security

* Physical security

* Security training/Threat awareness

* Information technology security

Source: U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST)


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