CBP - New “trusted trader” test program for supply chain security, trade compliance 

June 13: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today released for publication in the Federal Register a general notice announcing testing of the “trusted trader program”—a new test program intended to streamline the process through which importers can establish to CBP that they strive to secure their supply chains and strengthen their internal controls for compliance with the existing laws and regulations administered or enforced by CBP.

Goals of test program

The “trusted trader” test program offered by CBP (in collaboration with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) aims to:

  • Achieve integrated U.S. government collaborations that result in enhanced efficiencies leading to a reduction in government-wide resource expenditures
  • Enhance information sharing between government agencies
  • Reduce the administrative cost of participants by streamlining the application and validation process
  • Increase efficiencies in the existing trade programs
  • Strengthen security, identify low-risk trade entities, and increase overall efficiency of trade, by segmenting risk and processing by account

In summary, today’s announced test of the “trusted trader” program aims to move toward a whole government approach to supply chain security and trade compliance by strengthening government collaboration between CBP and FDA and between CBP and CPSC.

Who may participate

CBP seeks to encourage entities through incentives not currently available to members participating in both Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) to secure their supply chains and strengthen their internal controls for compliance with the existing laws and regulations administered or enforced by CBP.

Applications for participation in the test program may be submitted beginning Monday, June 16, 2014 (i.e., the date when this notice will be published in the Federal Register). Selection of initial test participants will begin no later than 30 days after such publication. Selected applicants will be notified individually of their participation date.

Read text of CBP’s general notice [PDF 238 KB] concerning the “trusted trader” test program.

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