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C-TPAT Reauthorization Legislation Introduced

(Jeff Berman – Logistics Management)

A push to reauthorize the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) for the first time in 11 years is underway in the form of legislation recently introduced by U.S. Representative Martha McSally (R-AZ).

C-TPAT was established under the SAFE Port Act of 2006. This global supply chain security program is comprised of companies voluntarily partnering with United States CBP (Customs and Border Protection) to enhance security throughout their supply chain, with CBP working with them to protect the supply chain, identify gaps and implement specific security measures and best practices. CBP, after vetting applicants, visits their sites to validation implementation of the security criteria.

McSally’s office said that this legislation ensures that the C-TPAT program is updated to meet the dynamic threats facing the global supply chain, with C-TPAT participants receiving “tangible benefits” for their partnership with CBP for a secure supply chain. Click here to read more.