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C-TPAT Overview

C-TPAT seeks to safeguard the world's vibrant trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors. The partnership develops and adopts measures that add security but do not have a chilling effect on trade, a difficult balancing act.

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C-TPAT Importer Security Criteria

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C-TPAT’s Five Step Risk Assessment

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What are the benefits of C-TPAT?

Please review Custom's "A Guide to Program Benefits"

Becoming C-TPAT Certified

If you are interested in becoming C-TPAT certified, please review the following link at the Customs and Border Protection website. After reviewing the website if you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application process, ACB will be here to help you.

Container Security Initiative

CSI: Container Security Initiative

CSI is a program intended to help increase security for maritime containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world. CSI addresses the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential for terrorist use of a maritime container to deliver a weapon.

If you have information concerning possible terrorist use of shipping containers to smuggle weapons or other items, you may be entitled to a reward for the information provided.
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Container Seals

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has implemented a new standard for sea container seals.
The seals must meet the criteria of ISO PAS 17712 standards. Importers are responsible for supply chain security. This will help to minimize the risk of unauthorized access into the container. This will also lower the chance of cargo pilferage and of a third party putting contraband in your container.

For more information please see the Customs website on seals.

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