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.
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.