Post-September 11, 2001, US Customs has engaged the assistance of the Trading Community in the war against terrorism. C-TPAT is a joint government–business partnership, where companies agree to improve security in their Supply Chains in return for “Fast Lane” Border Crossings and other important incentives.

To meet this challenge, Intertek  provides security solutions to your company and suppliers. This is a voluntary manufacturer–based verification program seeking to verify and validate the on-site security practices of foreign manufacturers exporting to the United States.

This program calls upon importing businesses and service providers to establish policies enhancing their own security practices and those of business partners involved in the supply chain, based on the following C-TPAT security criteria:

  • Business Partners Requirements
  • Container Security
  • Physical Access Controls
  • Personnel Security
  • Security Training & Threat Awareness
  • Information Technology Security

Once these policies are given an effect, imports by these businesses would be given a “Fast Lane” by the US Customs.

Intertek can conduct an independent Assessment through a verification audit and benchmark the facility on a Score Card, which enables the facility to move towards a continuous upgrading of their security systems.

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