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Border Security Program: C-TPAT

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a government-to-business initiative designed to implement anti-terrorist cargo security measures. C-TPAT fosters enhanced security across the entire supply chain, creating a primary relationship between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and importers and compelling close cooperation among supply chain members, including brokers, warehouse operators, carriers, foreign manufacturers and suppliers.

Importers wishing to become C-TPAT partners with CBP will undergo government scrutiny of the details of their business practices and operations in every aspect of the supply chain. While one of the objectives of C-TPAT is to reduce clearance delays due to cargo inspections and accelerate clearance when inspections do occur, it is advisable to identify and correct any operations issues prior to initiating the application process.

The ST&R and STTAS Border Security Team can provide an objective third-party assessment of a company’s C-TPAT readiness. We conduct mock C-TPAT reviews and risk assessments that result in recommendations for concrete solutions that can be implemented to fix any holes in supply chain security or import processes. Even where clients pass the mock review with no discernible deficiencies, we often identify opportunities for increased efficiencies and cost savings that would otherwise have gone untapped.

Once a client decides to move forward with C-TPAT membership, we can assist with every phase of the process, from completing the initial memorandum of understanding to completing the supply chain profile questionnaire and on through the CBP validation process.

Our global security and compliance assistance capabilities do not end at U.S. borders. Working from our offices around the globe, ST&R and STTAS professionals can assist importers with meeting government security initiatives in any country and at any port in the world.

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