CTPAT: at some point you have probably seen the acronym, and maybe you have even heard it mentioned. So, what is it? The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, is a voluntary security-focused program. It was designed by the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) federal agency to encourage involvement in the fight against terrorism by multiple entities represented in the supply chain industry.
While the U.S. CBP has numerous resources and capabilities available to them, when it comes to preventing acts of terrorism, having active, attentive involvement from those that are moving freight daily is of extreme value.
To encourage participation in the CTPAT program numerous perks are offered to those importing freight into the United States. By being involved in this program you not only get the benefit of knowing that you are contributing to the safety of citizens in the USA and strengthening your supply chain, but you, as an importer, are receiving a benefit that directly relates to you and your shipments.
What are the advantages you can capitalize on? As reported by the CBP, these include:
- Reduced number of CBP examinations
- Front of the line inspections
- Possible exemption from Stratified Exams
- Shorter wait times at the border
- Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company
- Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes at the land borders
- Access to the CTPAT web-based Portal system and a library of training materials
- Possibility of enjoying additional benefits by being rec ognized as a trusted trade Partner by foreign Customs administrations that have signed Mutual Recognition with the United States
- Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s Secure Supply Chain program
- Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack
- Importer eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA)
- Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise
Currently, D.B. Group participate in this partnership with CBP. We take this program seriously and believe in the purpose and mission behind it.
Do you feel this program could be beneficial for you as well? Please contact our Trade and Compliance department. We can explain in detail what you need to do to become an active participant and apply for your certification/validation as a CTPAT member. We would love the opportunity to help you strengthen your supply chain and create a valuable relationship with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.