C-TPAT has evolved into a growing multinational effort involving CBP, importers, carriers, foreign manufacturers, brokers, consolidators / 3PLs, and MPTOs. Mutual recognition arrangements are in place with New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Japan, Korea, European Union, and Taiwan and include programs like PIP, AEO, and more.
C-TPAT is not an enforcement arm of the U.S. Government. Participating members are certified after an application and review process, and must undergo annual upkeep to remain in good standing. Members who do not continuously meet the requirements are suspended and potentially removed from the partnership.
Some of the requirements of C-TPAT are the members regularly conduct vulnerability assessments of business partners, map cargo flow and conduct threat assessments. Decreasing the time of this analysis gives companies a chance to proactively arrange their applications, as well as maintain compliance with the program. The SGT (http://secureglobaltrade.com/
Direct benefits of the C-TPAT program include:
-Business resumption priority following a disruption
-Shorter wait time at borders
-Access to FAST lanes at land borders
-Mutual recognition benefits
-Eligibility to participate in ISA
-Priority consideration at CEE
For more information on C-TPAT and how to join, contact SGT at 419-281-4100 or (http://secureglobaltrade.com/)