US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recently made significant changes to its Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program portal, launched as Portal 2.0 Phase II. Given the comprehensive nature of these changes, all security profiles will require updating because information from the previous platform’s security profile did not transfer to the new portal. Also, an additional 33 process-oriented security questions have been added to this section, expanding the Security Profile to 66 topical areas that will require evaluation as part of this year’s annual review. Rationale for these changes include:
- Allowing trade partners the ability to maintain memberships in multiple partnership programs
- Improving SVI (partner monitoring) system for the industry and CBP
- Improving security profile
- Upgrading document library
- Facilitating harmonization with Canada Border Services Agency’s Partners in Protection Program (PIP)
Deringer is recommending that an analysis of your current processes be performed to ensure compliance with the recently updated portal requirements. This task may be time intensive, and the process must be completed prior to finalizing your annual C-TPAT review. At your request, Deringer will help analyze your current security procedures and assist with updating the C-TPAT Security Profile details now required. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for questions or assistance.