Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)
Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is a joint U.S. government-business initiative to build co-operative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. CTPAT recognizes that customs can provide the highest level of security only through close co-operation with the ultimate owners of the supply chain, importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers. Through this initiative, they ask businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain. This program is similar to the Partners in Protection program. Bison Transport's SVI number is bisNor00305.Link: CTPAT Website
Free and Secure Trade (FAST)
Free and Secure Trade is a joint Canada-U.S. initiative involving Canada Revenue Agency; Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the United States Customs and Border Protection, and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. FAST supports moving pre-approved eligible goods across the border quickly and verifying trade compliance away from the border. Link: FAST Website
Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)
Automated Commercial Environment is an integrated electronic customs clearance process. U.S. Customs and Border Protection began making the filing of e-manifests mandatory at selected ports with additional ports becoming mandatory in the near future. Link: ACE Website
Customs Self Assessment (CSA)
Customs Self Assessment (CSA) program is a Canada Border Services Agency initiative that fundamentally re-engineers the customs commercial process by partnering the agency with pre-approved traders. CSA improves the agency's understanding of its commercial clients and it eliminates many of the traditional import impediments, which means processing low-risk shipments more quickly. Link: CSA Website
Pre-arrival Processing System (PAPS)
Pre-arrival Processing System is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) system using barcode technology. It is designed to provide advance information on goods entering the U.S. It expedites clearances, and enables risk assessment and clearance in advance of goods arriving at the border.
Partners in Protection (PIP)
Partners in Protection is designed by Canada Customs and Revenue Agency to enlist the co-operation of private industry in efforts to enhance border security, combat organized crime and terrorism, increase awareness of customs compliance issues, and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling. This is accomplished through an agreement called a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Link: PIP Website
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