The pilot between the US Customs and Border Protection and the General Administration of China Customs involved three C-TPAT importer partners whose supply chains predominately originate in China.
According to US CBp, The US companies were invited to participate in the pilot based upon several factors including volume, product type and location of their supply chains in China. They voluntarily agreed to participate in the pilot with the concurrence of both administrations.
China Customs headed the validation initiative using the C-TPAT minimum security criteria as a guide and with CBP supply chain specialists providing technical assistance.
The companies had been receiving minimum program benefits due to C-TPAT’s previous inability to validate the security procedures they have in place, said the CBP. Now C-TPAT will use the information gathered to decide whether they can receive a higher level of benefits.
Both agencies will jointly evaluate the pilot and determine next steps.
“It took several months of intense discussions to get to this point and we look forward to continuing this effort as we explore future cooperation,” said C-TPAT Director Bradd Skinner. “It is a win-win for all. CBP and China Customs have the knowledge that all parties involved have good security practices in place and the companies can benefit by receiving fewer exams.”
C-TPAT is an important layer in CBP’s cargo enforcement strategy, said CBP. Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.
Since 2003, C-TPAT has performed more than 7,200 total validations. In 2007, C-TPAT visited manufacturing and logistics facilities in 79 countries, validated 3,011 supply chains and certified 2,601 new members.