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   CTPAT Certification

   CTPAT is a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and
   border security. CTPAT recognizes that Customs can provide the highest level of security only through close cooperation
   with the ultimate owners of the supply chain: importers, carriers, Customs brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers.

   Through this initiative, Customs is asking importers, Customs brokers and Forwarders to ensure the integrity of their security
   practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain.

   The principals of Pier 34 Solutions, Inc. are experts in supply-chain security, which puts us in an excellent position to assist
   importers with achieving Certified Partnership in the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) initiative of the
   Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. We will assist you throughout the entire process,
   and alert you to situations and procedures in your business that can be altered to make your supply chain more secure.

Pier 34 Solutions, Inc. has developed a methodology that assists importers, Customs brokers and Forwarders with this  important process. 
 We have designed Security Surveys that meet or exceed CBP CTPAT standards. We ask each entity in your supply chain to provide detailed information about their security awareness and implementation.  Inside the U.S.A., we help importers improve their security procedures and we suggest implementation of security measures, should we observe areas for
improvement. Should changes or improvements be necessary at any stage of product handling, we follow up with suggested fixes.

   After we have received the completed security surveys from your supply chain partners, and also your own comprehensive
   security information concerning your U.S. receiving points, we compile this information into a report that we submit to you for
   your approval. After your CTPAT Point of Contact, who is a company officer in your organization, has approved the entire
   report, it is submitted to CBP. From that point forward, we follow CBP's progress with evaluating your application, and we
   assist you with any changes and/or additions that CBP requests.

   After you have achieved Tier 1 status in CTPAT, we can continue to evaluate security issues as relationships change in
   your supply chain dynamics, and we can continue to offer suggestions to keep your supply chain in full compliance with
   CTPAT requirements as they exist at the moment of your certification, and as they evolve over time. We also can assist
   you through the CBP validation process.
This process, executed by a CBP CTPAT evaluation team, ensures that the security
   standards that you have stated to be in place, are in fact observed and are verifiable. After your successful validation, you
   will achieve Tier 2 status, and you will receive additional benefits at the points of entry for your imported merchandise.

   Why join CTPAT?

   Over 80% of import volume into the USA is now done by companies that are CTPAT certified. They derive measurable and 
   extremely valuable benefits from their membership in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. 

   CTPAT offers businesses an opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism. By participating in this worldwide
   supply chain security initiative, companies will ensure a more secure and expeditious supply chain for their employees,
   suppliers and customers. Beyond these essential security benefits, CBP offers benefits, including:

  • A reduced number of CBP inspections (reduced border delay times);

  • Priority processing for CBP inspections. (Front of the Line processing for inspections when possible);

  • Assignment of a CTPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) who will work with the company to validate and
    enhance security throughout the company’s international supply chain;

  • Potential eligibility for CBP Importer Self-Assessment program (ISA) with an emphasis on self-policing, not CBP audits.

   Another very good reason to join CTPAT is that many large US companies – your customers might be among them – are
   now demanding that their US suppliers are CTPAT certified. So why miss out on high-volume business only because
   you haven’t taken the steps to become CTPAT certified?

   And last but not least: should another terrorist attack take place in the USA, and it turns out that a weapon of mass
   destruction entered the country by ship or plane, all importing will immediately be suspended, and the resumption of trade
   will of course first be granted to CTPAT-certified importers.