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C-TPAT Gets a Makeover

We have recently experienced a significant uptick or resurgence in curiosity about the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.  Any number of factors could be driving this renewed interest.  It’s a good sign and bodes well for U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) who was tasked by former Commissioner Bersin with growing the program from 10,000 to 50,000 members in the coming years.  It also comes at a time when the C-TPAT program is getting an extreme makeover.  CBP recently introduced Lauren Kaufman as the new C-TPAT Director at the CBP C-TPAT Conference held in early January of this year.

Ms. Kaufman will bring a much needed fresh set of eyes to the C-TPAT program now approaching its eleventh year of operation.  Ms. Kaufman will also take over the reins just as CBP prepares to roll out the much anticipated C-TPAT Portal 2.0 scheduled for later this year.  Her arrival also comes at a time when CBP is under growing pressure from the trade community to significantly increase or enhance the C-TPAT benefits; something that CBP has struggled mightily with in the last decade.  This also may be the year that C-TPAT and the Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) programs are merged to become one highbred “Trusted Trader” program.

 While CBP is busy trying to boost participation and membership numbers, members of the trade should take note of the number of companies suspended from C-TPAT since its inception.  Since its launch in April of 2002 through November of 2012, a total of 1,035 companies have been suspended from C-TPAT because of a failed validation and 737 companies have been removed or terminated from the program. (more follows)

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Whether you are just considering C-TPAT, in the process of building a program or up for Validation or Re-Validation this event makes the perfect informational refresher.  Learn Developing, Implementing and Maintaining C-TPAT Certification. (Agenda) (Register)