With security at the heart of every international transaction, supply chain management has become of utmost importance to all parties in the logistics transaction. From the point of origin through to the delivery to the end user, there are a multitude of hands that touch the documents or the freight. Being able to track the change of hands is an integral part of the transaction.


U.S. Customs and Border Protection has developed three programs to accomplish supply chain security. They are as follows:


1. C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) offers all participants the ability for vetting every party to the transaction. U.S. Customs makes visits globally to establish trusted companies that are known to be secure. The establishment of this initiative has been tantamount to progress in international trade.


2. AMS (Automated Manifest System). This program is usually completed by the freight movement company. Key elements on the shipping documents are transmitted directly to CBP no later than 24 hours prior to vessel sailing to the United States.


3. ISF (Importer's Security Filing). This transaction is most often completed by the Customs broker. Its goal is to help determine any threat to national security by the products being imported, by the party shipping the goods, or by the importer themselves. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol catalogs all the information received to make firm evaluations of security threats. This transaction must also be completed no later than 24 hours prior to vessel sailing bound for the United States.


With the added layers of tracking necessary, we can help alleviate some of your emails and paperwork with our approach on supply chain management.


More information on these programs is available to you throughout this website. If you would like to request more information about any of these programs, or if you would like information on how to enroll in C-TPAT, please ask us today.