C-TPAT

Posted on: March 9th, 2010

This stands for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. MBC Broker is a proud member of this partnership. Members can get additional benefits by joining. We are a proud member of this organization. Please read the following carefully:

Container and Trailer, Security

Whether you are a C-TPAT member or not, it is critical for you to have security procedures in place at the point of stuffing, procedures to inspect, properly seal and maintain the integrity of the shipping containers and trailers. Below are the seven-point inspection process for empty containers prior to the loading the cargo, as well as the seventeen-point inspection process for all trailers/tractors. They should read passed on to your suppliers and be followed.

Container Inspection

Procedures must be in place to verify the physical integrity of the container structure prior to stuffing, to include the reliability of the locking mechanisms of the doors. A seven-point inspection process is recommended for all containers:

  • Front wall
  • Left side
  • Right side
  • Ceiling/Roof
  • Inside/Outside doors
  • Outside/Undercarriage

 

Container and Trailer, Seals

The sealing of trailers and containers, to include continuous seal integrity, are crucial elements of a secure supply chain. Seals used to secure loaded containers and trailers bound for the U.S. must meet or exceed the current PAS ISO 17712 standards for high security seals. All loaded U.S.-bound containers and trailers must have a PAS ISO 17712 high-security seal affixed. When necessary, you need to institute procedures for recognizing and reporting compromised seals to CBP, us or the appropriate foreign authority.

Container and Trailer, Inspection

Procedures should be in place to verify the physical integrity of the trailer structure prior to stuffing, to include the reliability of the locking mechanisms of the doors.

17 Point Tractor and Trailer Inspection

  • Bumper
  • Engine
  • Tires (truck & trailer)
  • Floor
  • Fuel tanks
  • Cab / storage compartments
  • Air Tanks
  • Drive Shafts
  • Fifth Wheel
  • Outside / Undercarriage
  • Floor
  • Inside / Outside Doors
  • Side Walls
  • Ceiling / Roof
  • Front Wall
  • Refrigerated Unit
  • Exhaust

 

Documentation

All documentation sent to us for clearance processing must be fully clear and legible. If they are not, you must contact the supplier and obtain clear copies before we can process your shipment. We suggest you have them scanned in and e-mailed to us in Adobe PDF format.

Want to join C-TPAT?

We urge all of our customers to join C-TPAT. After joining and getting fully certified, you will enjoy benefits such as less exams and faster processing of your entries as well as many other benefits.

See here for more info.