What is it?
“The U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism initiative (C-TPAT) is a voluntary U.S. Customs and Border Protection program designed to improve border security while also accelerating the processing of import shipments.”
What do we have to do with that?
Pro QC audits suppliers for conformance to the C-TPAT requirements, as part of your preparation process to register in the program or general risk management. Many companies require their suppliers to comply even though they don’t officially register in the program since a C-TPAT audit will provide information that is useful in managing the security of your production, products and tooling at the supplier factory.
Why do it?
1) The program has indicated from its inception that C-TPAT importers are 4 to 6 times less likely to incur a security or compliance examination. It is estimated that 1 exam occurs every 5 movements. Partners in the program receives FAST lane access that saves time crossing the border.