By: Linda Bravo, Corporate Customs Broker, Transplace and Sergio Flores, Safety and Security Coordinator, Transplace
In today’s ever-chaining business environment, organizations are faced with ongoing security challenges. It’s crucial for shippers to understand any potential risks to their supply chains and establish security plans—and one significant way to proactively protect their operations is by becoming a member of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.
The C-TPAT program is a part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, the CBP works with the trade community to support international supply chains and enhance U.S. border security, while helping businesses to create impactful security practices throughout their entire supply chain.
What are the Benefits of Being a Member of C-TPAT?
The program was originally established in 2001, and according to the CBP, “there are currently more than 11,400 certified partners spanning across the trade community.” Becoming a member of the C-TPAT program can deliver many benefits for shippers and transportation providers alike, including:
Recent Updates to the C-TPAT Program’s Minimum-Security Criteria
In May 2019, the CBP announced that it has added Minimum-Security Criteria (MSC) requirements to the C-TPAT guidelines in order to help further mitigate risks. Some of the areas that were incorporated and updated in the program’s new criteria included:
Members are expected to implement the new criteria throughout the remainder of 2019, and validation of the new MSC will begin in early 2020. The CBP has requested that C-TPAT members follow the below phased approach for implementing the new MSC requirements:
Transplace’s Commitment to Compliance
At Transplace, we understand the value that a C-TPAT certification brings to our customers, and we continually work to display our strong commitment to both compliance and security. We currently hold multiple C-TPAT certifications throughout our organization.
Recently, our Laser Forwarding Team had their C-TPAT revalidated without any recommendations from the CBP. We are committed to the C-TPAT compliance guidelines and are always working to increase our operational and administrative standards. Below are a few members from the Transplace team and the CBP who worked on making the latest revalidation possible.
Left to right: Craig Carnes, Supply Chain Security Specialist, CBP; Daniel Quiroz, Operations Manager, Transplace; Scott Dunn, Supply Chain Security Specialist, CBP; Linda Bravo, U.S. Customs Director, Transplace; Sergio Flores, Safety and Security Coordinator, Transplace
What steps are you taking to keep your supply chain secure?