When working with any carrier or third-party logistics (3PL) provider, it’s important to know that the people transporting your cargo have been properly vetted and trained to do their job efficiently and, most importantly, securely. One way you can do this is by verifying your 3PL’s certifications. While not a sure-thing guarantee, a certification indicates that a 3PL at least meets a set of strict guidelines established by a government agency or other independent association.
One of these certifications is the C-TPAT program. Particularly important for those who are importing cargo from outside the United States, C-TPAT stands for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. It is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency and the private logistics industry to improve the security of our borders and supply chains in general.
When a 3PL agrees to join the C-TPAT program, it agrees to work closely with the CBP to identify security gaps, protect the supply chain, and to implement specific measures and best practices.
Being a C-TPAT entity not only leads to more security. It can also make a 3PL more efficient. As a C-TPAT partner 3PL has been previously vetted, it can enjoy certain benefits that translate into quicker operations. C-TPAT partners see a reduced number of CBP examinations and get priority access at ports of entry. This ultimately means less waiting time at the border and thus a more efficient supply chain overall.
If you’d like to learn more about how a C-TPAT partner 3PL can help make your supply chain safer and more efficient, contact BOS Transport today.
Content Creator: Pablo Torres