C-TPAT

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (“C-TPAT”) is a voluntary certification program that creates a relationship between Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and an importer exporter, importers, customs brokers, carriers, and other eligible entities to improve the trade of goods through the international supply chain. According to CBP, C-TPAT benefits include a reduced number of inspections and priority processing when CBP inspections do occur. Furthermore, C-TPAT members are eligible to participate in CBP programs such as the Importer Self Assessment (“ISA”), Free and Secure Trade program (“FAST”), and access to CBP training seminars open only to certified members.

In order to meet C-TPAT qualifications eligible companies must submit a Memorandum of Understanding and complete a Supply Chain Profile Questionnaire. This profile requires a comprehensive internal review of their supply chain security procedures according to CBP guidelines. After submission of the Memorandum and Questionnaire, C-TPAT participants must undergo a validation process in which CBP verifies that the information submitted is accurate and being followed. Our firm assists companies in applying and maintaining certification in C-TPAT.

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