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C-TPAT is the Customs -Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program implemented by CBP (Customs and Broder Protection) after 9/11. C-TPAT is a voluntary joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chains and border security. C-TPAT is CBP and industry working together to enhance international supply chain security and facilitate legitimate compliant trade.

C-TPAT offers businesses an opportunity to play a major role in the war against terrorism and ensure a more secure supply chain for their employees, suppliers, vendors, and customers.

We participate in the worldwide community efforts to ensure the safety of our borders through our business alliances and practices. It is our responsibility to protect and promote awareness for our international supply chain from criminal activities such as drug trafficking, terrorism, human smuggling, and illegal contraband. C-TPAT impacts all departments within our organization in addition to the outside entities in our supply chain - international and domestic: foreign suppliers, agents, carriers, contractors, service providers, and our visitors. 

At IFF, we are committed to upholding ethical standards and promoting respect for human rights in all aspects of our business operations and supply chain. We firmly believe in the eradication of forced labor and are dedicated to maintaining an environment that is free from any form of exploitation, including slavery, human trafficking, and forced or child labor.

IFF, INC, its executives, management, and other policymakers are committed to the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism "C-TPAT" program, and to continually strive to implement, follow, and maintain procedures and practices consistent with the C-TPAT Security Criteria initiatives through training and communications both internal and external.
At least once a year C-TPAT members must conduct a supply chain security risk assessment of their operations, supply chain(s), and vendors. 
The purpose of the assessment is to verify compliance with the C-TPAT requirements that focus on security and anti-terrorism.
The Five Step Risk Assessment Process includes:

  1. Mapping Cargo/Data Flow and Control and Identifying Business Partners (whether directly or indirectly contracted) and how cargo moves throughout the supply chain to include modes of transportation (air, sea, rail, or truck) and milestones/markers (country of origin, transit points).

  2. Conducting a Threat Assessment focusing on Terrorism, Contraband Smuggling, Human Smuggling, Agricultural and Public Safety Threats, Organized Crime, and conditions in a country/region which may foster such threats.

  3. Conducting a Vulnerability Assessment in accordance with the C-TPAT Minimum Security Criteria.

  4. Developing an Action Plan to Address Vulnerabilities

  5. Documenting the RA Procedure

IFF, Inc encourages its business partners to become C-TPAT members by visiting the website here.
Custom’s official C-TPAT information:

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