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C-TPAT Sees Slowing Expansion in Participation

Tuesday, April 09, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made available the following statistics concerning participation in and operations of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program as of April 1.

- There were 10,512 certified partners, including 4,338 importers (327 of which have been certified for tier 3 benefits), 3,057 carriers, 1,297 foreign manufacturers, 915 consolidators and third-party logistics providers, 845 customs brokers, and 60 marine port authorities and terminal operators.

- 22,492 total validations had been completed but the annual trend declined from about 3,100 in 2010 to about 2,400 in 2012. There had been 11,775 total initial validations (640 in 2012) and 10,717 revalidations (1,736 in 2012).

- There were mutual recognition arrangements between C-TPAT and the supply chain security programs of New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the European Union as well as mutual recognition projects ongoing with Singapore, Israel, China, Mexico and Switzerland. The U.S. is conducting technical assistance projects with Malaysia, the Philippines, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and India as well as capacity building training programs with Ghana and Kenya.

- There have been four rounds of joint validations with the General Administration of China Customs.

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