Partners in Protection (PIP) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) program that enlists the cooperation of private industry to enhance border and trade chain security, combat organized crime and terrorism and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling.
It is a program that aims to secure the trade chain, one partnership at a time. PIP members agree to implement and adhere to high security standards while the CBSA agrees to assess their security measures, provide information sessions on security issues and offer other benefits. Member companies are recognized as being trusted traders, which allows the CBSA to focus its resources on areas of higher or unknown risk.
The Custom-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is, beyond question, the largest and most successful government -private sector partnership to emerge from the ashes of 9/11.
Since the beginning, the guiding principles of C-TPAT have been voluntary participation and jointly developed security criteria, best practices and implementation procedures. C-TPAT partners have worked with CBP (Customs Border Patrol) to protect their supply chains from concealment of terrorist weapons, and global supply chains are more secure today as a result of C-TPAT. In exchange, CBP provides reduced inspections at the port of arrival and expedited processing at the border.
The C-TPAT strategic plan is designed to:
1. Improve security of a significant percentage of shipments to the
2. Provide benefits and incentives to private sector companies that meet or exceed C-TPAT supply chain security criteria and best practices;
3. Concentrate CBP's inspectional resources and capabilities on higher risk shipments.
Indeed, C-TPAT is a model program for the security and facilitation of commerce and trade in this era of global terrorism.
Commissioner Robert C Bonner