New Zealand security program, C-TPAT reach parity

April 13, 2011 at 7:00 am

U.S. and New Zealand officials have agreed to expand cooperation between their respective trusted shipper security programs and initiate other steps to enhance trade and security.
Customs and Border Protection stated on its Web site that two weeks ago it formally granted Tier 2 status to New Zealand’s Secure Export Scheme, meaning exporters there have begun to realize a reduction in time-consuming container inspections.
The Secure Export Scheme (SES) is New Zealand’s equivalent of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. Membership in the voluntary program allows U.S. importers that implement an approved plan for maintaining strong controls throughout their supply chain to receive fewer inspections and first-in-line treatment if a container must be X-rayed or physically searched. It also allows CBP to conduct stratified exams so that other ocean containers in a consolidated shipment can be released for pickup when only one of the boxes is the subject of a compliance exam and it makes members eligible for other CBP programs that often require C-TPAT participation.  Read more.

E. Kulisch, American Shipper, 4/4/2011

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