CBP Acting Commissioner Testifies before Congress
On April 1st, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Jayson P. Ahern, appeared before U.S. Congress and outlined the achievements of CBP and the goals for the future.
Mr. Ahern described in details the “multi-layered approach to ensure the integrity of the supply chain from the point of stuffing through arrival at a U.S. port of entry. This multi-layered approach includes:
-Advanced information under the 24-Hour Rule and Trade Act of 2002 (supplemented now by our Importer Security Filing requirements)
-Screening the information through the Automated Targeting System (ATS) and National Targeting Center – Cargo (NTC-C)
-Partnerships with industry and the private sector such as the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
-Partnerships with foreign governments, such as the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and the Secure Freight Initiative (SFI)
-Use of Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) technology and mandatory exams for all high risk shipments.
Among these programs, Mr. Ahern described C-TPAT as an “integral part of the CBP multi-layered strategy”. For the year 2009, U.S. Customs, through C-TPAT, will strengthen the partnership with certified companies. Mr. Ahern added that CBP will certify supply chain security profiles within 90 days of submission and will conduct C-TPAT validation within a year of certification and revalidations within 4 years from the initial validation.
With these requirements, come certain benefits that certified companies already enjoy such as “cost and delay savings associated with reduced examinations, expedited treatment when examinations are warranted, tighter inventory control of assets, business resumption privileges, ability to supply goods or services to those U.S. importers who require suppliers to have acceptable supply chain security programs, and a competitive advantage over firms with no or limited supply chain security programs”.