20 Companies Validated By China, U.S. Under First C-TPAT

Chinese and U.S. customs officers have finished this year's first joint security audit of Chinese companies under the mechanism of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).

China customs
China customs

Twenty-one companies were validated and only one failed, General Administration of Customs spokesperson Zhang Guangzhi said on Saturday.

China customs
China customs

Customs from both sides are working together in a trial program that would allow U.S. inspectors access to validate the supply chain security practices of Chinese suppliers.

Under C-TPAT, companies that take steps to meet minimum security criteria for their particular sector are potentially subject to fewer time-consuming inspections and receive a handful of other trade facilitation benefits, such as front-of-the-line privileges for containers that are selected for automated imaging at U.S. ports.

China and U.S. customs have conducted 14 such audits so far, and authorized 373 companies, accounting for 85.3 percent of all applicants. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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