For those of you that have been asking about the next C-TPAT conference, we received the below email last week. I hope the delay in the scheduling of the conference is not due to the current Obama administration, where the C-TPAT program could be getting a hard hit and cutting their budget. Current CBP Acting Commissioner David Aguilar is 100% behind this program and is reaching out to the industry in hope to salvage as much as possible.
This does not bode well for this fine program that took some time to get off the ground but has finally taken flight. At its initial phase many exporters were hesitant to come on board saying that this was a “President Bush” program and that if another administration were to come in that it would be dumped. Let’s hope that this is not the case and that Commissioner Aguilar will embrace it and see the many advantages and headway that has been done in 10 years.
To: JO Alvarez, Inc.
Dear Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism Partners:
I write to update you all on the status of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) conference for 2012. As many of you know, we usually have the conference registration site up and running by this time. A new Department of Homeland Security policy has created additional steps in the conference-planning process this year, causing a delay in our normal timeline. Currently we do expect to host the C-TPAT conference, most likely for a date in late September. We will provide you with additional details as soon as they become available. Thank you for your patience, and we look forward to welcoming you to the 2012 C-TPAT conference.
Acting Director, C-TPAT