Foreign Supply Chain Business Partners

Norman Jaspan Associates, Inc. (NJA) will explain to the foreign supply chain business partner (FSCBP) why they have to be C-TPAT compliant when working with a C-TPAT member and what the process consists of. NJA will evaluate FSCBP’s controls and procedures and make recommendations which are easy to implement. These recommendations will not only meet the requirements of being C-TPAT compliant but will help the FSCBP with their day to day business operations.

FSCBP is any company (Suppliers/Manufacturers, Foreign Consolidators/Stuffing Facilities, Trucking Companies) that works with a C-TPAT member. In order to conduct business with a C-TPAT member, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires the FSCBP to meet the minimum security requirements of the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

As a FSCBP, you will or may have already had a site visit by your C-TPAT members’ U.S. custom security specialist (SCSS). Being C-TPAT compliant means that the FSCBP will be required to demonstrate to the SCSS that you are meeting the minimum security requirements if i) this is a first time visit, ii) the SCSS has not visited your facility within more than a year since the last visit by a SCSS or iii) the C-TPAT member was suspended from the C-TPAT program because you received too many Actions Required.

NJA has prepared an overview of how the C-TPAT program affects your company as well as what to expect during a SCSS site visit. Below is also a description of the Threat Awareness Program.

If you, as a FSCBP, are responsible for selecting a FSCBP on behalf of your C-TPAT customer, then you will have to make sure that they are also meeting the minimum security requirements. An example of this could be when the shipper or consolidator selects a trucking company. As a rule, a representative from the trucking company will be required to be present at your site visit in order to explain what steps they have taken to meet the minimum supply chain requirements.

NJA will prepare your company in first identifying your exposure through a FSCBP flow chart. NJA will thoroughly prepare you for the site visit as well as work with you in preparing and implementing the written procedures.

Please contact NJA so that we can explain the site visit in greater detail and answer any questions that you may have. Since English may not be your native language, it is important to be thoroughly prepared prior to the site visit.

Remember that if the C-TPAT member is suspended from the C-TPAT program because you have not demonstrated to the SCSS that you are meeting the minimum security requirements, then the C-TPAT member may be forced to pick another FSCBP who will meet these requirements. You want to prevent this from happening.

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