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Safer Passage

Get certified for security.

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This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Does your supply chain meet new security standards? The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism is a voluntary partnership between the U.S. and the international business community that protects the global supply chain and speeds commerce. For entrepreneurs, C-TPAT certification means safer trade, faster clearance and emphasis on self-policing.

Since 9/11, C-TPAT's anti-terrorist and cargo-security measures have helped prevent terrorists from infiltrating global trade. More than 9,000 companies are certified, but the rush to sign has caused a tremendous backlog of applicants. There is speculation that the program will eventually become mandatory and that uncertified cargo will be inspected more often.

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