Basel, Switzerland – Panalpina, one of the world’s leading providers of forwarding and logistics services, has become a certified member of the US Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.
The C-TPAT program is a joint initiative of the U.S. government and all crucial parties to the logistics chain, designed to protect global commerce from terrorism. Panalpina filed its C-TPAT application and submitted its Executive Summary of the security profile questionnaire responses last year. Having reviewed the submitted security profile, U.S. Customs officially certified Panalpina as a member of the C-TPAT program. It approved Panalpina in the categories Licensed Broker, Air Freight Consolidator, Ocean Transportation Intermediary, and Non-Vessel Operating Common carrier (NVOCC).
To participate in the C-TPAT program, members must develop and implement comprehensive security programs to enhance security both internally and among their partners and customers. Panalpina developed and maintains a complete and detailed security plan in line with U.S. Customs security guidelines. “We have undertaken major efforts to build up and further develop a secure network,” says Juerg Meier, Head of Panalpina Corporate Security. “C-TPAT allows us to review and reinforce our security policies throughout our organization.”
As the C-TPAT guidelines include all parties in the supply chain, such as importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators, and manufactures, Panalpina is determined to communicate the C-TPAT security requirements to its service suppliers and customers. As Panalpina works with selected first-class carriers, most of these service suppliers have applied for membership or already obtained the C-TPAT member status.
As a member of the C-TPAT program, Panalpina is able to benefit from a reduced number on inspections and faster processing of consignments at the border. U.S. Customs will assign to Panalpina a dedicated point of contact and regularly share information to enhance security throughout the company. The close cooperation with U.S. Customs minimized delays and guarantees optimal transit times for Panalpina’s consignments.
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