Arvato Digital Services, LLC has been a member of Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) since 2004. CTPAT is an integrated supply chain security program designed to leverage the relationships of international stakeholders to strengthen and secure the entire supply chain while mitigating the risks of terrorism. As of December 2014, US Customs and Border Protection has signed 10 Mutual Recognition Arrangements globally. These arrangements harness the World Customs Organizations Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade and are designed to enable customs administrations with substantially similar procedures to work together to detect high-risk consignments and facilitate the rapid release of legitimate cargo.
Listed below is an introduction to C-TPAT’s minimum security requirements highlighting the risks they are intended to address. While not exhaustive, this list is a good introduction to the program and its intended safeguards.
- Employee and vendor awareness training - Does your organization conduct regular employee awareness training? Customs has reported that most security breaches could have been prevented by educating front-line employees who come into contact with your cargo every day.
- Business Partner Requirements - How well do you know your vendors? Do they have procedures in place to validate the identity of visitors? Are visitors escorted while they walk through cargo handling areas? Does your vendor work with a controlled group of carriers or does their carrier base turnover week-to-week depending on who has the cheapest rate?
- Procedural and Building Security – What measures do you have in place to mitigate the risk of equipment tampering or the introduction of illegal contraband into your shipment? Do you have procedures in place to validate the identity of drivers picking up cargo?
- Employee and IT Security – Do you conduct background checks of prospective employees? Is employee IT access cutoff effective immediately upon termination to safeguard company data?
Arvato is fully committed to managing our business in accordance with the letter of the law while acting responsibly toward society and the environment. Our participation in this program requires Arvato to ensure that its suppliers have adequate security measures in place to protect our supply chain. We have provided detailed information on this topic in the links to this page. All suppliers are required to complete a supply chain security questionnaire and sign a letter of understanding, or to provide evidence of participation in C-TPAT or an equivalent program.
We ask you to carefully consider your responsibility as a member of the global community and join us in securing our supply chain. Failure to comply with the minimum security requirements may impact our ability to work with your company in the future.
Questions concerning this program can be addressed to Arvato’s Senior Trade Compliance Manager.
More information on the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) available here.