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CBP, EU Sign C-TPAT Mutual Recognition Decision
Washington — U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the European Union (EU) signed today a Mutual Recognition Decision between CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program and the EU’s Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) program.

Delays likely as U.S. Customs plans furloughs in response to sequester budget cuts
Agency warns reduced overtime, unpaid furloughs could slow cargo clearance and inspections; trade braces for delays as rising tide of imports rolls toward U.S. shores.

New C-TPAT director has big to-do list
Lauren Kaufer is the new director of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism.

Kevin McAleenan, acting assistant commissioner of field operations, made the announcement early this month at the annual C-TPAT conference, according to a summary of the event posted on CBP's Website. The conference, held outside Washington, was closed to the press this time.

C-TPAT Participants Encouraged to Report Suspicious Activities and Security Breaches
A May 1 message from U.S. Customs and Border Protection suggests that participants in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism need to improve their reporting of suspicious activities, anomalies and security breaches.

Locking Down Supply Chain Security
When it comes to cargo security threats, each mode faces unique challenges. But thanks to technology and industry best practices, shippers can improve their ability to protect valuable cargo.

Security in the global supply chain is more important than ever. Driven by threats such as terrorism, piracy, and theft, it is also more complicated.

C-TPAT-To join or not to join
Is your company still on the fence about participating in Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)?

Are the benefits of 3.5 to 5 times fewer inspections, access to FAST lanes, securing your supply chain (and hence, your reputation), plus the opportunity to participate in other U.S. Customs & Border Protection programs not enough of an enticement?

U.S. and Canada Announce New Pilot to Strengthen Cargo Security
Washington— The United States and Canada announced the launch of the Prince Rupert Pilot to strengthen cargo security at the Canada-U.S. border as part of the Integrated Cargo Security Strategy in the Beyond the Border Action Plan. The pilot focuses on harmonizing the screening process for maritime cargo between the two countries.

C-TPAT Achievement Report 2013
CBP has released their achievment report for 2013.

CBP Reports Decline in Compliance, Supply Chain Security Measures
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has posted to its Web site its annual performance and accountability report, which indicates that fiscal year 2012 saw a decline in several measurements related to compliance and supply chain security programs. 

C-TPAT Sees Slowing Expansion in Participation
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has made available the following statistics concerning participation in and operations of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program as of April 1.

Taiwan, US ink customs security recognition pact
Taiwan and the U.S. signed a joint agreement on recognizing supply chain security verification programs Nov. 26, an important step in fast-tracking customs clearance for certified companies from both countries

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