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.
First of all, who is qualified to be a C-TPAT exporter?
For C-TPAT purposes, an exporter is defined as a person or company who, as the principal party in interest (USPPI) in the export transaction, has the power and responsibility for determining and controlling the sending of items out of the United States.
Entities who wish to participate in the C-TPAT exporter program must:
- Be an active U.S. exporter out of the United States
- Have a business office staffed in the U.S.
- Be an active U.S. exporter with a documentable Employer Identification Number (EIN) or Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number
- Have a documented export security program and a designated office or manager who will act as the C-TPAT program main point of contact
- Commit to maintaining the C-TPAT supply chain security criteria as outlined in the C-TPAT exporter agreement
- Create and provide CBP with a C-TPAT supply chain security profile which identifies how the exporter will meet, maintain, and enhance internal policy to meet the C-TPAT exporter security criteria
- Have an acceptable level of compliance for export reporting for the last 12-month period and be in good standing with U.S. regulatory bodies
Secondly, how will C-TPAT benefit U.S. exporters?
- Mutual Recognition Arrangements - heightened facilitation from mutually recognized customs partners**
- Marketing - leverage a confident and secure C-TPAT compliant export program
- Reduce Examination Rates and Time - receive priority upon customs examinations
- Front of the Line Processing - precedence over non-C-TPAT shipments
- Business Resumption - consistent communication in the event of a disruption in CBP operations
- Access to an Assigned C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) - discuss security issues and review problems
- Eligibility to Attend C-TPAT Training and Seminars - gain networking opportunities at annual C-TPAT conferences
- Access to the Web Based C-TPAT Portal System - easily communicate and correct company information in the C-TPAT portal
- Common Standard - minimize duplicates and errors with a common set of security requirements
**Currently, the United States has Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRA's) in place with: New Zealand, Canada, Jordan, Japan, Korea, European Union, Taiwan, Israel, Mexico and Singapore.
Just as on the import side, there will be a tiered process for the C-TPAT Exporter Entity program. Each Tier level will be based on the shipper's verified compliance with C-TPAT's minimum security criteria.
To learn more about C-TPAT, vist CBP's website.
If you have any questions on becoming C-TPAT certified, contact us today. Marisol International partners with C-TPAT trucking firms to secure international and domestic supply chains. Additionally, Marisol supplies on-site education seminars, web-based training, customized C-TPAT action plans, customized procedure manuals and C-TPAT application assistance.