ANNAPOLIS, MD - The International Cargo Security Council announced today that its members and non-members are reporting positive results with its program of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) compliance assessments and education.
An increasing number of companies have signed up to have their foreign suppliers independently assessed to ensure C-TPAT compliance. ICSC currently conducts dozens of C-TPAT compliance assessments of foreign suppliers in Asia, Mexico, Africa, Latin America, and additional companies are signing up daily.
ICSC in 2003 chose Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations of Raleigh, NC to launch cost-effective training programs to help organizations comply with a host of Homeland Security initiatives, including C-TPAT.
â€œAll of the 100-plus firms that we have assisted with C-TPAT training and education report positive resultsâ€”fewer inspections, decreased cargo loss and lower transportation costs due to a fewer number of carriers and volume leveraging,â€ said Barry J. Wilkins, Vice President of Global Supply Chain Security for Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations of Raleigh, NC, the firm ICSC selected to manage C-TPAT training.
The ISCS program is unique in that the reduced assessment fee is paid for by the foreign supplier. When suppliers pass the assessment, they are issued a C-TPAT Certificate of Compliance that they can use with all of their customers, avoiding multiple C-TPAT audits and differing recommendations. As one foreign automobile-parts manufacturer stated, â€œThe ICSC program is excellent and right on targetâ€¦for a minimal cost we avoid days of lost staff-time in supporting multiple-customer C-TPAT audits.â€
ICSC was on the committee that initially created C-TPAT and has been a strong supporter of the initiative. â€œMore and more companies--9,000 at last count--are enrolled in C-TPAT, so the need for conducting these assessments and providing meaningful education to employees and vendors is stronger than ever,â€ said ICSC Chairman Scott Smith, president of Alpha Cargo Technology. â€œWe fully support C-TPAT and encourage our 1,200 members and others to participate by providing them with meaningful and cost-effective tools.â€
In addition to the C-TPAT compliance assessment services, ICSC also provides assistance in applying for C-TPAT, developing acceptable C-TPAT policies and procedures, pre-validation readiness and education services. C-TPAT training is offered in classroom, CD/VHS and e-Learning formats. The ICS has hosted over a dozen seminars in applying for and complying with C-TPAT in the U.S., Asia and Mexico. The next C-TPAT training will be held in San Francisco in conjunction with an ICSC technology seminar December 4-6, 2005. More training sessions are planned for Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Responding to the 9-11 terrorism attacks, C-TPAT was inaugurated in 2002 by U.S. Customs (now Customs & Border Protection) to encourage companies to improve supply-chain security in return for â€œfast laneâ€ border crossings and other incentives. Improved security also deters terroristsâ€™ use of cargo shipments to commit further attacks.