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Trucking Supply Chain Security Programs by US-Business

Trucking and shipping security program overview for ACE, C-TPAT, CSA, FAST and PIP

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Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

ACE is designed to automate the process of tracking U.S. imports and to provide a systematic, unified approach to border enforcement, replacing the outdated Automated Commercial System and paper processing. The program's goal is "one screen at the border."

ACE is the next generation of technology designed to enhance national border security and expedite lawful trade. It automates and consolidates border processing. The ACE Secure Data Portal is a customized web-based system that connects U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the trade community and participating government agencies in one centralized, online access point.

As of January 25, 2007 the program is no longer voluntary. CBP requires all truck carriers crossing the border through ports in the states of Washington and Arizona as well as the following ports in North Dakota: Pembina, Neche, Walhalla, Maida, Hannah, Sarles, and Hansboro, to file electronic manifests (e-Manifests).

Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

C-TPAT is a joint US government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security.

C-TPAT recognizes that Customs Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the supply chain, importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers. Through this initiative, CBP asks businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain.

Benefits of C-TPAT

  • A reduced number of inspections (reduced border times)
  • An assigned account manager
  • An emphasis on self-policing, not Customs verifications

Customs Self Assessment (CSA)

The CSA program gives approved importers, approved carriers, and registered drivers the benefits of a streamlined clearance option for CSA eligible goods. The streamlined clearance process ends the need for transactional transmissions of data related to eligible goods.

This allows for the clearance of goods based on the identification of the approved importer, approved carrier and registered driver.

Carriers eligible to apply to the CSA program include those who are:

  • Bonded or post-audit
  • Have a history of transporting goods to Canada for at least two years without contraband or major commercial infractions
  • Willing to be liable and maintain control of CSA shipments until delivered
  • Willing to provide senior management representation that proper commercial business processes and audit trails exist or will exist
  • Prepared to sign a Client Undertaking document with the CBSA
Commercial Drivers who apply under the Commercial Driver Registration Program (CDRP) include those who are:
  • A citizen or permanent resident of Canada
  • A citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S. who meets the normal visitor requirements (i.e., you are in good health and able to support yourself while in Canada)

CSA Benefits

  • End the transactional transmissions of data elements
  • Increase the certainty of expedited customs processing
  • Makes it easier to meet shipper obligations
  • Streamlining legitimate trade

Free And Secure Trade (FAST)

FAST program is a Border Accord Initiative between the United States, Mexico and Canada designed to ensure security and safety while enhancing the economic prosperity of each country. In developing this program, Mexico, Canada and the United States have agreed to coordinate commercial processes for clearance of commercial shipments at the border. This promotes free and secure trade by using common risk-management principles, supply chain security, industry partnership, and advanced technology to improve the efficiency of screening and clearing commercial traffic at shared borders.

Eligibility for the FAST program requires participants (carrier, drivers, importers and southern border manufacturers) to submit an application, agreement, and security profile depending on their role in the C-TPAT and FAST programs. The FAST program allows known low risk participants to receive expedited border processing. This enables U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to re-direct security efforts and inspections where they are needed most - on commerce that is high risk, or unknown risk - while ensuring the movement of legitimate, low-risk commerce.

Benefits of FAST

  • Dedicated lanes (where available) for greater speed and efficiency in the clearance of FAST trans-border shipments
  • Reduced number of examinations for continued compliance with Customs FAST requirements as well secondary priority processing
  • An ongoing partnership with the Canadian Partners in Protection (PIP) and Customs (C-TPAT) administrations
  • Enhanced supply chain security and safety while protecting the economic prosperity of the United States, Mexico, and Canada
  • For carrier participants, the knowledge that they are transporting shipments for a C-TPAT approved importer, and on the southern border, a C-TPAT manufacturer

Partners IN Protection (PIP)

Partners in Protection (PIP) is designed to enlist the co-operation of private industry in efforts to enhance border security, combat organized crime and terrorism, increase awareness of customs compliance issues, and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling.

Organizations will be asked to sign a partnership agreement with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). The arrangement is based on goodwill. The organization will not be asked to act as a law-enforcement body, and all information exchanged is treated as confidential. The organization and the CBSA will work together focusing on security, the exchange of information, and awareness.

To enhance and strengthen a company's security process, the company will be asked by CBSA to give a self-assessment of its security systems. This self-assessment will help identify any weaknesses in security processes and will enable CBSA to help address any deficiencies. The goal is to minimize the threat of illegal activity.

Benefits of PIP

  • Quicker movement of low-risk travelers and goods through customs
  • Improved security levels
  • Enhanced reputation for the organization
  • Organizations that demonstrate their commitment to a secure trade chain by joining PIP will be eligible to participate in FAST
  • FAST will make cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays, all while enhancing security



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