Reduction in U.S. Customs Inspections. CBP has significantly increased its exam rates over the last several years. C-TPAT shipments are 4 to 6 times less likely to undergo an examination.
Free and Secure Trade (FAST). C-TPAT shipments entering the U.S. from either Canada or Mexico are able to use designated lanes at numerous border crossings as long as the U.S. importer, foreign manufacturer and cross border highway carrier are certified members.
Business Resumption is a benefit that many in the C-TPAT program may not view as tangible but certainly a significant reason for joining. In the event a national emergency or terrorist act occurs, which results in the closing of air, land and sea U.S. Ports of Entry, C-TPAT status will be taken into consideration when CBP resumes the processing of shipments. Thus, C-TPAT certified shipments will have priority access to the U.S. market.
Front of the Line Privileges are granted to C-TPAT shipments that are selected for an examination. To the extent possible and practicable the containers can be moved ahead of any non C-TPAT shipments awaiting exam, regardless of how long they have been there. This can translate into substantial monetary savings in that containers will not wait as long in line at a Container Examination Site and although they are still being examined, they will be processed more quickly than non-members.
Marketability through involvement in C-TPAT can be associated with things that every company needs to maintain: reputation and brand equity. Much like certification with other U.S. government agencies or the International Standards Organization (ISO) C-TPAT membership can raise a company’s reputation and ability to secure business.
By participating in this first worldwide "supply chain security" initiative, companies will ensure a more secure and expeditious supply chain for their employees, suppliers and customers. There are a number of tangible and intangible benefits of participating in C-TPAT.
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