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CBP inks Caribbean, Latin American C-TPAT supply chain security agreement

World BASC's Cuza,CBP's Aguilar

Over 2,000 companies across the Caribbean and Latin America said they would work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to promote and enhance supply chain security in their regions under the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) initiative.

CBP and the World Business Alliance for Secure Commerce Organization (World BASC) signed a joint statement on May 31 at CBP’s National Targeting Center in Virginia, recognizing what CBP said was “the mutually beneficial working relationship of promoting and enhancing supply chain security throughout the Americas and the Caribbean.”

CBP acting commissioner David Aguilar, International World BASC president Fermin Cuza, and chairman of the Board of Directors for the World BASC Organization Raul Saldias, signed the joint statement that recognizes the value of cooperation between CBP and the private, non-for profit organization in supply chain security.

CBP’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program has been partnering very closely with the World BASC Organization for over 10 years now, said CBP. The joint statement formalizes that relationship and challenges both parties to continue to work together to promote safe and secure world commerce, it said.

“The World BASC Organization with its 2,500 companies in 14 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean helps us to support CBP’s mission of securing the international supply chain by the work that the World BASC does with thousands of companies in the region: counseling and working with these companies so that they are better prepared to successfully face the challenges and threats of the 21st century”, said Aguilar.

“We believe that this joint statement sends a clear message by the most important customs administration in the world, that customs and the private sector need to step up their efforts to work together in securing the international supply chain” said Cuza.

C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships aimed at strengthening and improving overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT, said CBP, recognized that U.S. Customs and Border Protection can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.

The World BASC Organization is a not-for-profit, privately led international business alliance created in 1996 to promote secure international trade in cooperation with governments and international organizations.