Washington – U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today that the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism has surpassed 10,000 members. C-TPAT is the first and the largest anti-terrorism partnership program throughout the world and it continues to set the global standard for supply chain security. C-TPAT also published the results of its second partner survey.
“This is a great accomplishment for our trade partnership program considering the program began with seven original members in 2001,” said C-TPAT Director, Bradd Skinner. “Achieving 10,000 members indicates that the program is meeting the needs of the trade community, while the member survey results will assist us in taking C-TPAT to the next level.”
The newest member of C-TPAT is Vaughan Furniture Company Inc., located in Galax, Va. Vaughan Furniture has been in business for 87 years and employs 34 people.
C-TPAT was designed so all businesses, regardless of size, could participate in global supply chain security. Approximately half of C-TPAT members companies are small or mid sized, having less than fifty employees. C-TPAT importer partners are responsible for approximately 50 percent by value of all imported merchandise into the U.S. C-TPAT is the first and the largest anti-terrorism partnership program throughout the world and it continues to set the global standard for supply chain security.
C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. Through this initiative, businesses become members to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.
The results of the C-TPAT Partnership Suvey can be found on the CBP.gov Website. ( C-TPAT: Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism )