C-TPAT minimum security criteria in effect
Mar 16, 2006 1:01 PM
Minimum-security criteria for importers and carriers already enrolled in the US Customs and Border Protection C-TPAT program (or those wishing to join) became effective March 13, 2006, according to information from US Customs.
A phased implementation schedule has been implemented and applies to all US/Canada and US/Mexico highway carrier members.
At a minimum, on a yearly basis, or as circumstances dictate such as a security breach or incident, highway carriers must conduct a comprehensive assessment of their international supply chain security practices based upon the C-TPAT minimum-security criteria.
Where a highway carrier does not control a specific element of their supply chain, such as a trucking yard, terminal, handling of trailers, or process subject to these criteria, the highway carrier must work with these business partners to ensure that pertinent security measures are in place and adhered to throughout their supply chain.
More carrier information is available by clicking here.
According to the information, C-TPAT recognizes the complexity of international supply chains and security practices, and endorses the application and implementation of security measures based upon risk. Therefore, the program allows for flexibility and the customization of security plans based on the memberís business model.
C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and US border security.
Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.
Customs also has posted information on its Web site that includes implementation plans, application requirements, and frequently asked questions. Click here for that information.
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