Advisory committee on commercial operations of customs and border protection (coac) Global Supply Chain Security – Land Border Subcommittee Executive Summary Co-chairs: Kathleen Neal and James Phillips December 4, 2012

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Global Supply Chain Security – Land Border Subcommittee

Executive Summary

Co-chairs: Kathleen Neal and James Phillips
December 4, 2012

The Global Supply Chain Security – Land Border Subcommittee welcomes Bryan Picado as Acting Director of C-TPAT. We look forward to working with Mr. Picado in the future. Since the August COAC the committee met and continued to discuss ongoing programs and previous recommendations.

Ongoing programs/initiatives include:
Beyond the Border: A Shared Vision for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness: CBP/US government agencies continue to work with Canada Customs (Canada Border Services Agency)/Canada departments to meet the terms of the agreement. Programs have been agreed to on Canada Law Enforcement Cooperation, Pre-clearance, Facilitating Travel and air cargo simplification. Information may be found at
Twenty-first Century Border Initiative: On May 19, 2010, the United States and Mexico established the Twenty-first Century Border Initiative and declared their intent to collaborate on enhancing the U.S. Mexican border. The declaration expressed a desire to enhance public safety, welcome lawful visitors, encourage trade, strengthen cultural ties, and reduce the cost of doing business in North America. CBP provided updates on certain initiatives and it was suggested that a status web site be created similar to the Beyond The Border web site.
Trusted Trader Programs: CBP formed a Trusted Trader Work Group that included participation by COAC member Ted Sherman. A briefing was provided and input from the subcommittee was collected. More information is expected in the near future.
Previous Recommendations include:

  1. Establish Tier 3 Status for U.S./Mexico and U.S./Canada Highway Carriers

Many C-TPAT certified carriers focus on supply chain security best practices. These carriers should be recognized for their multi-layered approach to tracking the movement of tractors and trailers, as well as other innovative methods implemented to improve supply chain security. Some of the possible benefits of Tier 3 status include recognition from CBP and from potential customers; invitations to participate in pilot programs where available; direct communication with C-TPAT program leadership; and input in developing new security requirements and programs.

The subcommittee is interested in learning what input was received from the industry regarding this proposal.

  1. Allow SVI Number Query Access for All Users

Property brokers and other participants in the supply chain are frequently asked to make arrangements with transportation providers and Customs brokers. The property brokers and other third-party logistics providers do not have any way to confirm the C-TPAT status of the transportation providers. The COAC requests that access be given to the public to verify the status of C-TPAT participants by looking up the SVI number online. The recommendation is to do a positive lookup by SVI number, not by company name or status.

We understand that this option will be included in the upcoming release of the web portal. Recent discussions implied that this option will only be available to C-TPAT members. We urge CBP to consider providing this option to the public,

  1. Develop a C-TPAT Status for Exporters

CBP and the subcommittee are in ongoing discussions on C-TPAT for exporters. Topics have included: CBP’s export pilot, challenges that may be unique to each mode of transportation, and continued discussion on flipping the current import criteria to exports. Specific areas of interest include:

  • Should export requirements be added to existing requirements or be separate

  • Application of TSA requirements to meet air shipment C-TPAT requirements

  • Security requirements of supply chain partners and export customer including consideration of existing export regulatory requirements (denied party and other bad guy lists, licenses, etc.)

  • Seal application and cost

  • Recognition of participation in C-TPAT for export by Customs in destination country

  • Due to complexities ocean shipments will be first focus

It is expected that the C-TPAT working group that will be created shortly will focus on this topic. Additionally, collaboration will take place with the Export subcommittee that is examining the overall export process. C-TPAT for exports is one element of overall exporting.

  1. Obtain User Input for C-TPAT Web Portal 2.0

Nothing new to report.

  1. National Business Continuity Management Template

CBP has engaged in business resumption exercises in a number of land border locations in the past several years. CBP has made a template available on the website for use by the ports. The subcommittee would like an update on this process and a better understanding of the communication process at the ports.

  1. Establish a C-TPAT working group to operate under this subcommittee.

The C-TPAT working group has been put on hold pending the work of the Trusted Trader working group. The GSCS-LB subcommittee requests a formal update of the activities of the Trusted Trader Working Group so that we may have a better understanding of the path for C-TPAT and Trusted Trader programs.

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