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C-TPAT Certification

CTPAT/C-TPAT is the Customs & Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. It is a voluntary program between the Importer and Customs to protect our borders. Customs realizes that border security is a monumental task and is enlisting the trade community to assist in being "on patrol".

CTPAT/C-TPAT recognizes that Customs can provide the highest level of security through close cooperation with the owners of the supply chain, importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers. Through this initiative, Customs is asking businesses to guarantee the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain. C-TPAT seeks to safeguard the world's vibrant trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbours. C-TPAT was started with just seven importers of USA as a member in year 2001 & in the year 2011 this has crossed a figure of 10000 members.

C-TPAT Certification focuses of following areas:-

- Procedural Security
- Physical Security
- Personnel Security
- Education and Training
- Access Controls
- Manifest Procedures

1. C-TPAT compliance reduces number of CBP inspections
2. C-TPAT registration fastens cargo clearance times
3. C-TPAT members receive consideration for penalty mitigation for bio-terrorism act related penalties
4. An assigned account manager
5. C-TPAT audit reduces cargo theft incidences
6. Entries go to top of pile.
7. CTPAT membership is a mitigating factor in cases of fines / penalties
8. C-TPAT inspection provides access to the CTPAT membership list
9. An emphasis on self-policing, not Customs verification
10. C-TPAT reduces the risks associated with your shipments

1. Importers (US)
2. Carriers (Road, Air, Sea)
3. Manufacturers
4. Brokers
5. Warehouse Operations
6. Exporters

Businesses must apply to participate in C-TPAT . Participants complete an online electronic application on that includes submission of corporate information, a supply chain security profile, and an acknowledgement of an agreement to voluntarily participate. In completing the supply chain security profile, companies must conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of their supply chain security procedures using the C-TPAT securit y criteria or guidelines jointly developed by CBP and the trade community for their specific enrollment category. The criteria or guidelines, available for review on the CBP website, encompass the following areas: Business Partner Requirements, Procedural Security, Physical Security, Personnel Security, Education and Training, Access Controls, Manifest Procedures, Information Security, and Conveyance Security.

Businesses must apply to participate in C-TPAT. Participants will sign an agreement that commits them to the following actions:

1. Conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of supply chain security using the C-TPAT security guidelines jointly developed by Customs and the trade community. These guidelines, which are available for review on the Customs Web Site, encompass the following areas: Procedural Security, Physical Security, Personnel Security, Education and Training, Access Controls, Manifest Procedures, and Conveyance Security

2. Submit a supply chain security profile questionnaire to Customs.

3. Develop and implement a program to enhance security throughout the supply chain in accordance with C-TPAT guidelines.

4. Communicate C-TPAT guidelines to other companies in the supply chain and work toward building the guidelines into relationships with these companies.

Upon satisfactory completion of the C-TPAT Online application and supply chain security profile, participants will be assigned a CBP C-TPAT Supply Chain Securi ty Specialist (SCSS). A SCSS will contact the participant to begin the C-TPAT validation process.

Failure to meet C-TPAT commitments will result in suspension or removal of C-TPAT certification status and associated benefits. Benefits may be reinstated upon correcting identified deficiencies in compliance and/or security.

A C-TPAT validation is a process through which the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) C-TPAT program meets with company representatives and visits selected domestic and foreign sites to verify supply chain security measures contained in the C-TPAT participant’s security profile are accurate and are being followed.