Shapiro & Company, Inc. has been certified as a full participant in the US Customs Trade Partnership
Terrorism (C-TPAT) since April, 2003.
We are pleased to announce that, as of October 2007,
Shapiro has also been awarded C-TPAT certified status as
a consolidator, which encompasses our role as an NVOCC,
ocean transportation intermediary, and air freight
Our Company is committed to continuous efforts
securing our operations against possible compromise, and of
a high level of compliance in Customs-related areas. We encourage
our business partners to consider enrolling in this program. As a
for participating, Customs has committed to providing "fast-lane"
of your transactions.
In the wake of the recent world events and the sudden increased
awareness of the need for additional security measures and
procedures to protect our national borders, the U.S. Customs Service
has initiated a voluntary program called the Customs – Trade
Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).
Committed partnership between U.S. Customs and the import
trade community to reduce threat risks.
the C-TPAT objective?
To secure our national borders against terrorism.
To strengthen and fortify the import supply chain against
To balance needs for increased security measures in
conjunction with a reduction in unnecessary delays for
legitimate and compliant trade.
the benefits of participation?
Provides an opportunity to become pro-active in securing our
Reduces the risks associated with your shipments.
Secures the supply-chain for your employees, suppliers, and
customers in the worldwide fight against terrorism.
Allows Customs to focus on true risk elements of concern.
Reduces container inspections and results in the assignment
of a Customs Account Manager to your company.
Provides access to a complete C-TPAT membership list, which
allows you to exchange ideas and best practices.
Increases your chances to be eligible for future Customs
programs, which are likely to depend on the C-TPAT
required to participate?
Must submit application to Customs and obtain approval in
order to participate.
Conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of your supply chain
security using C-TPAT security guidelines, which include the
following areas: Business Partners Requirements, Container
Security, Container Inspection, Physical Access Controls,
Personnel Security, Procedural Security, Security Training
and Threat Awareness, and Information Technology Security.
Submit a supply chain security questionnaire to Customs.
Develop and implement a program to enhance security where
you have control throughout the supply chain.
Communicate your C-TPAT guidelines in areas where you do not
have control, to other companies in your supply chain that
do have control and work toward building secure
relationships with these companies.
Customs encourages various business partners within the importing
community to work collaboratively in their fight against terrorism
by evaluating and strengthening their supply chains. Joint
cooperation is crucial between all parties involved-- importers,
brokers, manufacturers, warehouse operators, air-carriers,
ocean-carriers, and land-carriers. The program requires importers to
ensure the integrity of their security practices and to communicate
security guidelines to their business partners at each segment of
that supply chain-- production, transportation, importation, and
distribution. The hope is that these measures will work to secure
our borders against the threat of terrorism.
C-TPAT members have the following
benefits (not all-inclusive list):
A reduced number of inspections and reduced border wait
* Tier 1 - For
certified members of C-TPAT. Targeting score for Customs
examination is lowered. C-TPAT members have 5-8 times fewer exams
than non C-TPAT. Tier 1 members also have access to FAST lanes on
the land borders.
* Tier 2 - For
certified and validated members of C-TPAT. Targeting score for
Customs examination is further lowered resulting in even fewer
exams. If you shipment is selected for examination, your container
will receive priority and move to the front of the line.
* Tier 3 - When
Customs determines during validation that an importer exceeds the
minimum security standards and has adopted best practices regarding
supply chain security - a true ‘green lane’ with no security
inspections and infrequent random inspections. Again, when you do
have an inspection, your container receives priority and moves to
the front of the line.
An assigned Customs Supply Chain Security Specialist;
Access to the C-TPAT membership list;
Certified C-TPAT importers are eligible for the Importer
Self-Assessment Program (ISA) which results in removal from
the pool for Focused Assessment
C-TPAT members receive consideration for penalty mitigation
for Bio-Terrorism Act related penalties
U.S. Customs C-TPAT Fact Sheet and Frequently Asked Questions
Shapiro & Company, Inc. can help you throughout the
entire C-TPAT application process. Our Consulting team
gathers all pertinent security information from your
organization, drafts and submits your complete C-TPAT
application to Customs. We provide on-site training on
how to handle your company’s C-TPAT application on your
own and can also create a tailored C-TPAT policies and
procedures manual for your company. Another option is
to purchase Shapiro’s C-TPAT workbook, which contains
all the documentation and templates you need to
successfully complete and submit your C-TPAT application
on your own. For more information, please contact our
Consulting department at 800.695.9465 x 290 or