CBP Collaborates with Trade Community to Recommend All-Threats Trusted Trader Program

June 2012 | U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently established a working group, in collaboration with the trade community, to “co-create” a recommended approach for an all-threats trusted trader program.  The goal of the group is to create a framework for a program that will address and mitigate security, trade, and import safety threats that can compromise international supply chains.   As the working group progresses, CBP will issue updates, as well as, when appropriate, ask for input from other members of the trade community. 

Prior to the creation of this working group, CBP has successfully “co-created” with the trade community on projects such as the Advanced Cargo Automated Screening Program and the Simplified Entry Program.  CBP has also instituted voluntary trade compliance programs that may, in the future, be possibly folded into the all-threats trusted trader program.  The voluntary supply chain program, Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), is an initiative between the U.S. government and the trade community aimed at strengthening and improving international supply chains and securing the U.S. border.  CBP also oversees the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA), a voluntary program which allows importers to self-assess their customs compliance and fosters high levels of trade compliance. 

For additional information on the programs discussed above, visit the International Trade Section on ToyAssociation.org.

Content provided by  Donna L. Shira and Kenneth R. Paley at Sharretts, Paley, Carter & Blauvelt, P.C., International Trade Counsel for the Toy Industry Association.