C-TPAT

“U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.”

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and its focus on strengthening supply chain security is an important layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s cargo enforcement strategy. Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.

blueContainerOwners of the supply chain — importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators, manufacturers and port authorities — must conduct a comprehensive assessment of their security practices based upon the CBP C-TPAT minimum-security criteria.