C-TPAT, which was launched by U.S. Customs (CBP) in 2001, is a voluntary, incentive based security program. C-TPAT criteria for Importers is risk based, flexible and designed to help CBP achieve its twin goals of security and facilitation. It is important the Importers who are not C-TPAT already, to at least once a year review this matter and the feasibility of becoming a C-TPAT member. Your Trans American Account Manager can assist you in the process. Significant benefits exist for C-TPAT members, they include: (1) Reduced number of CBP inspections. (2) Priority Processing for CBP Inspections (Front of the line processing for inspections when possible). (3) Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist that will work with your company. (4) Potential eligibility for CBP Importer Self-Assessment program on self-policing, not CBP Audits. All Trading Partners, whether a C-TPAT (Customs –Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) member or not, are reminded of the criticality of having security procedures in place at the point of stuffing, procedures to inspect, properly seal and maintain the integrity of the shipping containers and trailers. It is recommended that Trading Partners conduct periodic reviews with their personnel of the seven-point inspection process for empty containers prior to the loading the cargo, as well as the seventeen-point inspection process for all trailers/tractors. Further information for C-TPAT members can be found at the C-TPAT portal. Non-members can call their personal account managers for more information. Please be reminded that all loaded U.S.-bound containers and trailers for a C-TPAT Importer must have high security seals that meets or exceed the current PAS ISO 17712 standards. In addition, procedures must be instituted for identifying and reporting compromised seals to CBP or the appropriate foreign authority. If you are a current and valid C-TPAT member, we ask you to provide advice of same to your Trans American Account Manager (Or if you have previously provided advice to Trans American, and there has been a change in your status for C-TPAT, please also advise your Trans American Account Manager of detail surrounding same). Further detail on the above and other information on C-TPAT can be found at: http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-security/c-tpat-customs-trade-partnership-against-terrorism
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