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C-TPAT

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). Green lanes. FAST (Free and Secure Trade) lanes. The Container Security Initiative. Smart containers. Automated Commercial Environment. These various cargo security programs and elements launched by the federal government may seem like a morass of overlapping parts. A new document by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) clears up much of the confusion as far as C-TPAT is concerned. The document explains the origin and purpose of the program, in which companies can voluntarily partner with the government to strengthen supply chain security. Five “strategic goals,” which list individual objectives for each, are outlined. One strategic goal, for example, is for C-TPAT companies to improve the security of their supply chains. Objectives within this goal include certifying security profiles supplied by partner companies and having CBP verify that a company’s security plans are effective and accurate. The second strategic goal is to enable companies to expedite their shipments to other C-TPAT partners. To learn about the complete program, read Securing the Global Supply Chain: Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Strategic Plan via SM Online.

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