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June 25, 2010
Sempermed is a Validated Member of the C-TPAT Partnership Program
Sempermed USA, Inc. is a proud member of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. Since 2003 we have annually maintained validation to prove our commitment to provide safe products and streamline the global supply chain. This program is best described in the words of U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

“In direct response to 9/11, the U.S. Customs Service, now U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) challenged the trade community to partner with CBP to design a new approach to supply chain security focused on protecting the United States against acts of terrorism by improving security while simultaneously speeding the flow of compliant cargo and conveyances. The result was the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) – an innovative, voluntary government/private sector partnership program.

C-TPAT builds on the best practices of CBP/industry partnerships to strengthen supply chain security, encourage cooperative relationships and to better concentrate CBP resources on areas of greatest risk. It is a dynamic, flexible program designed to keep pace with the evolving nature of the terrorist threat and the changes in the international trade industry, thus ensuring the program’s continued viability, effectiveness and relevance. Flexibility and customization are important characteristics of C-TPAT.

This partnership between CBP and the trade is built on Customs border authority and cooperative relationships. It is built on knowledge – that the trade partner has demonstrated a commitment to supply chain security, and trust – that the company will continue to do so with minimal CBP examination. To uphold this relationship, accountability is required. The trade partner must be willing to assume responsibility for keeping his supply chain secure to agreed upon security standards through self policing and implementing changes as needs arise.

The current security guidelines for C-TPAT program members address a broad range of topics including personnel, physical and procedural security; access controls; education, training and awareness; manifest procedures; conveyance security; threat awareness; and documentation processing. Companies that apply to C-TPAT must sign an agreement with CBP that commits their organization to the program’s security guidelines. These guidelines offer a customized solution for the members, while providing a clear minimum standard that approved companies must meet.”*

*Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Strategic Plan (2004)