On 20th September, Sandler Travis & Rosenberg reported that US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is currently circulating within the trade community draft modifications to the minimum security criteria (MSC) associated with the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). This is said to be the first major revision of the MSC since the introduction of C-TPAT. The article says that, generally, the changes include establishing 3 focus areas and 3 new criteria categories, explicitly delineating requirements as “must” or “should” based on risk, and providing guidance on how to combat terrorism financing and money laundering. The article provides an overview of the updated MSC.
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When an entity joins C-TPAT, an agreement is made to work with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Applicants must address a broad range of security topics and present security profiles that list action plans to align security throughout the supply chain. C-TPAT members are considered to be of low risk, and are therefore less likely to be examined at a US port of entry.