What Is C-TPAT?
Protecting the trade industry from terrorism is one of many jobs Customs and Border Protection undertakes, which means it can be difficult for them to focus resources where they’re needed most. To help better utilize their resources, US Customs and Border Protection created C-TPAT, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. C-TPAT is a voluntary program that any business or freight forwarding company in the trade industry can join to help strengthen international supply chains and improve Canada and United States border security.
AKAL Cargo fully supports our Nation’s security threats and is passionate about supporting anti-terror initiatives.
C-TPAT offers AKAL Cargo an opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism, by participating in a worldwide supply chain security initiative. AKAL will ensure a more secure and expeditious supply chain for their employees, suppliers and customers.
In addition to these essential security benefits, US Customs and Border Protection offers benefits to certified C-TPAT member categories, including:
- A reduced number of US Customs and Border Protection inspections (reduced border delay times)
- Priority processing for US Customs and Border Protection inspections. (Front of the Line processing for inspections when possible.)
- Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) who will work with the company to validate and enhance security throughout the company's international supply chain.
- Potential eligibility for CBP Importer Self-Assessment program (ISA) with an emphasis on self-policing, not US Customs and Border Protection audits.
- Eligibility to attend C-TPAT supply chain security training seminars.
Along with US Customs and Border Protection, AKAL Cargo recognizes that a safe and secure supply chain is the most critical part of our work in keeping our country safe.
Customs and Border Protection seeks a strong anti-terrorism partnership with the trade community through C-TPAT. Trade partners will have a commitment to both trade security and trade compliance rooted in their business practices. Customs and Border Protection wants to work closely with companies whose good business practices ensure supply chain security and compliance with trade laws.