- CBP Accepting Applications for “Trusted Trader” Program Testing
- July 10, 2014
- Law Firm: Adduci Mastriani Schaumberg L.L.P. - Washington Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) plans to unify its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) programs under a program to be called the "Trusted Trader" program. Companies may now apply to participate in the test program. Selection of initial test participants will begin by July 16, 2014. Those provisionally selected will be asked to complete a more extensive application.
Through the Trusted Trader program, CBP intends to encourage companies to secure their supply chains and strengthen their internal controls for compliance with CBP’s regulations and other laws through incentives not currently available to C-TPAT and ISA members. Companies will still have the option of applying for, or continuing to participate exclusively in, C-TPAT. Companies may also continue to apply for ISA programs.
If CBP decides to implement the Trusted Trader program, all existing ISA partners will be transferred into the new program unless they opt out. Testing for the Trusted Trader program is expected to last until the end of 2015.