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Building Safer Supply Chains as a C-TPAT Member

Posted - October 21, 2013

Building Safer Supply Chains as a C-TPAT Member

Jose Minarro, Managing Director, Transplace Mexico

Understanding supply chain risks and establishing security approaches is critical in today’s global market.  Another significant step companies can take to protect their supply chains is to become a member of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.  Organizations that are C-TPAT members fully cooperate with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), as C-TPAT was designed to build relationships that strengthen international supply chains and U.S. border security.  It works to safeguard the world’s trade industry while also maintaining the economic health of its members.

Participating in the C-TPAT program can yield significant benefits for shippers and transportation providers, including:

  •     Fewer customs inspections
  •     Faster border crossings
  •     Quick response time
  •     Enhanced brand reputation
  •     Improved efficiency

In addition, C-TPAT members are 4-6 times less likely to incur a security or compliance examination, and another benefit includes the ability to decrease supply chain disruptions.  Members are also able to generate significant opportunities to avoid costs while simultaneously improving predictability in moving goods across borders.

Currently, there are more than 10,000 certified C-TPAT partners, and these companies account for more than half of products imported into the United States.

Eligibility requirements vary by business type, but to achieve certification, companies are required to:

  •     Conduct a risk assessment
  •     Implement a supply chain security management system that complies with
  •     C-TPAT requirements
  •     Submit a detailed application
  •     Meet with CBP representatives to verify security measures

Shippers can help support the C-TPAT program by obtaining their own certification and working with third-party logistics (3PL) providers that are also C-TPAT certified.  This allows companies the ability to minimize supply chain disruption during a crisis.

By obtaining C-TPAT certification, businesses have the unique opportunity to take an active role in supporting national security while improving their own supply chain operations. With security risks threatening supply chains around the globe, companies should support initiatives such as C-TPAT that aim to prevent supply chain risks and provide many benefits.

Earlier this year, Transplace Mexico achieved C-TPAT certification. We understand the value it brings to our customers and displays our strong commitment to compliance and security.  Read the original article on Inbound Logistics, or learn more about Transplace Mexico’s C-TPAT certification here.

How Can Your Organization Get C-TPAT Certified?

Obtaining C-TPAT certification not only brings significant value to businesses and customers with its many benefits, but also displays a strong commitment to both preventing supply chain risks and supporting national security and compliance.  To find more about how to obtain this certification, as well as all necessary application materials, visit cbp.gov.