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CBP has asked businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices by communicating their security guidelines to their trade partners from cargo origin to its final destination. Companies applying to membership in C-TPAT sign an Agreement that commits them to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of supply chain security using the C-TPAT security guidelines jointly developed by The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the trade community. A key tenent of the security guidelines is The Business Partner Requirement.

CBP defines the term – business partner – to include all third parties within the supply chain. For the purpose of implementing the minimum requirements for certification these vendors along with your strategic business partners must also have written and verifiable processes for the screening of new business partners to include security indicators. The task then becomes to gather the information from each of your vendors through a variety of relevant security questions and compile it into a comprehensive database that can be easily maintained.

Supply Chain Security has developed an on-line electronic data gathering system for this task that we customize with your logo. We target your vendor using contact data you supply to us and direct them to your customized Survey website where they will be asked to supply their company and contact details and answer the security questions developed to meet CBP’s criteria. We allow Three to Six months for this process and during that time we monitor the reply status and follow up where necessary. At the end of the pre-determined time frame, we send you the response forms from each of your clients so that you can use them for follow up purposes.

Our Client Survey is easy to use and easy to understand. Even if you have already queried your vendors in the past, over time you acquire new business partners and it may be time to update your records. Why do it the old fashioned way? Talk to a consultant now about how we can help you keep your records current.


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