The Customs -Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) was created by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as a voluntary program for companies that are involved in the global supply chain.
As a C-TPAT partner, we do our part to alleviate supply chain disruption and reduce border delays.
Questions and Answers about C-TPAT Certification
Expedited port entry. More accurate delivery schedules. Protecting our borders.
Being C-TPAT certified allows our shipping containers to bypass the security-related delays at the ports of entry. Our certification means that our supply chain is secure throughout; from the manufacturing facility, through the ports and on to the final destination.
There are many factors involved, but the government estimates that non-certified shipments are 3.5 times more likely to be delayed by security inspection. Also, should a C-TPAT certified shipment be randomly chosen for inspection, it is given priority status and is moved to the front of the existing queue for inspection.
Actually, it is a very comprehensive process that can take years to complete. There are a series of site visits throughout the supply chain, reference checks, paperwork, fees and even a personal interview. C-TPAT certified companies must permanently adhere to strict policies in order to maintain certification.
What is ISO certification?
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) helps to set global standards of excellence for both quality and management systems. Certified companies must undergo rigorous inspections and evaluations to ensure that they adhere to the highest standards.
■ Consistent Product Quality
■ Product Dependability
■ Standardized Production and Record Keeping
■ Enhanced Customer Satisfaction