On September 10, 2014, CBP issued a fact sheet stating that exporters may now begin applying to participate in C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism). Details about eligibility requirements and benefits of participation for exporters are outlined in the fact sheet on CBP’s website.
Once an exporter has been certified, validated and is confirmed to be in good standing, these benefits for participation will pertain:
- Priority processing
- Reduced examination rates and time
- Mutual recognition arrangements (heightened facilitation from foreign partners)
- Access to individually-assigned C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist
- Business resumption (actions are taken to maintain communication during shipping disruptions
- Eligibility to attend C-TPAT seminars for additional information and networking opportunities
- Other benefits related to marketing and adherence to a common security standard
To be eligible for inclusion, an exporter must meet a number of requirements, including the following:
- Be an active U.S. exporter out of the U.S. with a documentable Employee ID number or Dun and Bradstreet number
- Maintain a business office staffed in the U.S.
- Meet C-TPAT’s expected level of security compliance with a documented export security program
- Adhere to the C-TPAT supply chain security requirements
- Demonstrate an acceptable level of compliance for reporting over the most recent 12-month period
Suzanne DeCuir, Global Trade Expertise