What activities or areas are of priority when implementing C-TPAT?
C-TPAT was developed by National Security Agency and its certification was developed by the United States Border & Customs Bureau. There are seven point to focus on when implementing a C-TPAT Certification.
- Commercial Partners Safety: It is fundamental to survey clients, manufacturers, and providers to determine the action plans, risks present in shared processes.
- Transportation Safety: It is important to evaluate the current safety level of suppliers and their transporting equipment including personnel. The administration should have a documentation of the possible risks and contingency plans.
- Containers, Packages, Trailers Safety: The evaluation of transporting units can be done using the 17 point evaluation which also helps minimize contamination.
- Personnel Safety: Protocols should be established for the hiring process and escalation processes in case of a possible risk.
- Physical Safety: This point refers to the safety inside facilities and its perimeter. A monitoring system should be installed and highly qualified personnel should be hired.
- Process Safety: A monitoring system should be in place to track the product end to end.
- Training Requirements: All personnel should be trained of the objectives, scope of C-TPAT, and the identification of potential risks to anticipate them in the case of a contamination.
The goal of the program is to prevent, protect, and detect contaminating risks on four areas: weapon trafficking, human trafficking, drugs and weapons of mass destruction.
By Juan Antonio Vizcarra