C-TPAT - CUSTOMS TRADE PARTNERSHIP AGAINST TERRORISM
What is C-TPAT Certification?
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary, joint government-business partnership for supply chain security & border security program which is led by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
C-TPAT can be applied/implemented to any importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers who want to trade internationally and mainly in the USA. It was drawn with an intent to determine & reduce risk throughout their international supply chain by a standard documented process.
Benefits of C-TPAT Certification
Who can be certified C-TPAT Certification?
The program has historically been oriented around imports into the United States. Air carriers, consolidators, cross-border highway carriers, marine port authorities, ocean carriers, rail carriers, terminal operators, third-party logistics (3PLs) providers, Customs brokers, and importers are eligible for C-TPAT certification in the United States.
Cross-Border Highway Carriers
Marine Port Authorities
Document required for C-TPAT Certification
The extent of Documented Information differs as per:
Role of Shamkris and Process of C-TPAT Certification
Shamkris adopts a results-oriented approach to effective system implementation in the organization. A simple and practical method of system implementation helps organizations increase business efficiency and sustainability. Shamkris supports 100% documentation to obtain an accreditation body of success in addition to enhanced performance.
The implementation process is described below:
Implementing Management System
- Risk Assessment. The C–TPAT candidate conducts and fully documents a security risk assessment.
- Application. The company then submits a basic application via the C–TPAT portal system.
- Security Profile.
The C–TPAT Third party logistics provider must have documented procedures to screen prospective customers for validity, financial soundness, the ability of meeting contractual security requirements, and the ability to identify and correct security deficiencies as needed.
The Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program is a commercial clearance program for known low-risk shipments entering the United States from Canada and Mexico.
- 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.