C-TPAT™ is a voluntary public private partnership programme aimed towards systematically eliminating terror interface with trade emanating through the supply chain to enter into the US Border. It specifies requirements and guidelines to the multi modal transport infrastructure to guard against attempts to infilter terror into the US Border.
Industry and trade partners all over the world are now looking C-TPAT™ as a qualification scheme to assure its supply chain security and thereby maintain their business. Further the 3PL partners view this as a consolidation exercise to expand their market share by getting certified to C-TPAT™.
C-TPAT™ certification is applicable to manufacturers, supply chain and third-party logistics partners such as Warehouses, Container Freight Stations Inland Container Depots, Freight Carriers, etc. The overall ail to ensure the supply chain security measures:
- Consistently meet and strive to exceed the C-TPAT™ minimum security criteria
- Incorporate senior management support
- Have written and verifiable process that govern their use
- Employ a system of checks and balances
- Have measures in place to ensure continuity
Security Controls and their depth directly commensurate with the propensity of security vulnerabilities and risks of the partner. Hence it may vary amongst similar organisations.