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C-TPAT Program Now Open to Exporters

Posted September 15, 2014

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a fact sheet last week indicating that applications from exporters for participation in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) will now be accepted. The effort is seen as bolstering the administration's National Export Initiative to facilitate export cargo shipments.
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CBP has been working towards opening the program to exporters since 2012 when it conducted test validations for an Exporter pilot and in July of this year released a list of eligibility requirements. As stated at the time, CBP felt that “developing an export component for C-TPAT would further enhance both the program and its relationship with other mutually recognized Foreign Customs administrations.”

The fact sheet outlines a number of benefits exporters who have been certified, validated and are in good standing can be expected to gain from participating in C-TPAT including, among other things: mutual recognition arrangements (heightened facilitation from foreign partners); reduced examination rates; and time priority processing.