With 95% of the world's consumers living outside of the United States, U.S. exporters have boundless opportunities within the global marketplace. In an effort to support export growth and increase the competitiveness of the U.S. business community, the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program will soon be extended to U.S. exporters. On May 17, C-TPAT for Export Entities will commence, supporting the National Export Initiative. The development of the export component for C-TPAT further enhances CBP's partnership with other mutually recognized Foreign Customs administrations, therefore, securing international supply chains.
Importing into the United States can be a complex process. From ISF filings, documentation, HTS classifications, preparing the customs entry, and the coordination of a customs exam, if needed, can seem overwhelming to an importer. Luckily, there are supply chain professionals who handle all of these tasks on behalf of the importer, reducing delays and fines due to negligence. So what exactly is C-TPAT? How can partnering with a C-TPAT certified broker expedite the import process?