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The Uttermost Company - C-TPAT International Carrier Security |
C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) is a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security. C-TPAT recognizes that Customs can provide the highest level of security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the supply chain- importers, carriers, customhouse brokers, warehouse operators, and manufacturers Through this initiative, Customs is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain.
As an importer, the Uttermost Company is currently reviewing and refining our security policies and procedures throughout our supply chain. Where the Uttermost Company does not control a facility, conveyance or process subject to these recommendations, the Uttermost Company will be required to agree to make every reasonable effort to secure compliance by the responsible party.
The area of international carrier security, which includes all movement of cargo from the foreign port to the ultimate release from Customs custody, encompasses many areas of potential risk. To assess this potential risk, the following areas are being evaluated as to their existence and effectiveness. Please respond honestly to the questions below.
Procedural Security: Procedures should be in place to protect against unmanifested material being introduced into cargo containers.
1) Are security controls in place to ensure the supervised introduction/removal of cargo, the proper marking, weighing, counting and documenting of cargo/cargo equipment verified against manifest documents, the detecting/reporting of shortages/overages, and procedures for affixing, replacing, recording, tracking, and verifying seals on containers and trailers? If so, what are they?
2) Is the movement of incoming/outgoing goods monitored? If so, how?
3) Are random, unannounced security assessments of areas in your company's control conducted? If so, how?
4) Are procedures in place for notifying Customs and other law enforcement agencies in cases where anomalies or illegal activities are detected, or suspected, by the company? If so, please describe.
Manifest Procedures: Companies should ensure that manifests are complete, legible, accurate and submitted in a timely manner to Customs.
1) Are procedures in place to ensure that manifests are complete, legible, accurate and submitted in a timely manner to Customs? If so, please describe.
Physical Security: All buildings should be constructed of materials, which resist unlawful entry and protect against outside intrusion. Physical security should include adequate locking devices on external and internal doors, windows, gates, and fences. Plans should also address perimeter fencing, adequate lighting inside and outside the facility, and the segregation and marking of international, domestic, high-value, and dangerous goods cargo within the warehouse/terminal area by a safe, caged or otherwise fenced-in area.
1) Are all buildings and warehouses constructed of materials which resist unlawful entry and protect against outside intrusion? Please explain.
2) Does the physical security of these areas include perimeter fences, locking devices on external and internal doors, windows, gates and fences, adequate lighting inside and outside the facility, and the segregation and marking of international, domestic, high-value, and dangerous goods cargo within the warehouse by a safe, caged or otherwise fenced-in area? Please describe.
Access Controls: Unauthorized access to the vessel should be prohibited. Controls should include the positive identification, recording, and tracking of all employees, visitors, and vendors and procedures for challenging unauthorized/unidentified persons.
1) Are controls in place to allow positive identification, recording, and tracking of all employees, visitors, and vendors? If so, what are the controls?
2) Are unauthorized/unidentified persons challenged upon their discovery?.
1) Are prospective company employees screened and interviewed?
2) Are employees subject to periodic background checks and application verifications?
Education and Training Awareness: A security awareness program should be provided to employees including the recognition of internal conspiracies, maintaining cargo integrity, and determining and addressing unauthorized access. These programs should offer incentives for active employee participation in security controls.
1) Does the company conduct security awareness training? If so, please describe the training and its frequency.
Conveyance Security: Conveyance integrity should be maintained to protect against the introduction of unauthorized personnel and material. Security should include the physical search of all readily accessible areas, the securing of internal/external compartments and panels, and procedures for reporting cases in which unauthorized personnel, unmanifested materials, or signs of tampering, are discovered.
1) Are cargo containers inspected for signs of tampering, modification, pilferage, or the introduction of unmanifested cargo or persons,? Are these conditions reported if found? If so, to whom? What action is then taken?
2) Are procedures in place for affixing, replacing, recording, tracking, and verifying seals on containers and trailers? If so, what are they?