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Introduction to C-TPAT

C-TPAT - Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

What is C-TPAT?

In response to September 11, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) began developing a new industry - wide security standard for protecting the supply chains against terrorism. CBP is actively seeking company participation in the program, now known as the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT. C-TPAT is a joint government - business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. C-TPAT recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the supply chain - importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators, and manufacturers. Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their employees and business partners within the supply chain.

What are REI’s Expectations?

Ricoh Electronics, Inc. (REI) is a certified and validated member of C-TPAT. We are committed to expanding the reach of this initiative to better secure our international supply chain. REI is working with our foreign factories and suppliers to ensure appropriate security controls based on C-TPAT guidelines are in place from origin through to final destination. Where a manufacturer or supplier out-sources or contracts elements of their supply chain to another foreign facility, warehouse, trucking service or other elements, the foreign manufacturer or supplier must work with their business partners to ensure that security measures are in place and adhered to throughout the supply chain.

The C-TPAT criteria for supply chain security address the following areas of most concern:

  • -   Business Partner Security
  • -   Container and Trailer Inspection, Tracking & Monitoring
  • -   Physical Access Controls
  • -   Personnel Security
  • -   Procedural Security
  • -   Physical Security
  • -   Information Technology
  • -   Security Training and Threat Awareness

REI expects manufacturers or suppliers and their partners in the international supply chain to implement and maintain effective security practices to mitigate the risk of loss, theft, and contraband smuggling that could potentially introduce acts of terrorism or terrorists into the global supply chain.

Additional information about C-TPAT and details of the security criteria can be found at: http://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-security/C-TPAT-customs-trade-partnership-against-terrorism

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