U.S. Rep. McSally Introduces Bill to Increase Security at Ports of Entry
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today introduced a bill to increase security and cut down wait times at ports of entry. The Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a global supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to improve the security of private companies' supply chains against terrorist activity.
“In Arizona, we understand both the vital economic importance of cross-border commerce as well as the need to secure the border against terrorists. This program helps with both,” said Rep. McSally. “Beating terrorists takes teamwork. CBP’s partnership with entities throughout the global supply chain helps ensure high standards of security, and it also streamlines cross-border commerce by pre-vetting companies, allowing their cargo to be expedited through our overburdened and undermanned ports of entry. It’s been eleven years since this program first began, and it is time for it to be updated to reflect our modern global economy.”
C-TPAT was established under the SAFE Port Act of 2006. Under this global supply chain security program, companies voluntarily partner with CBP to enhance security throughout their supply chain. CBP works with them to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. After vetting these applicants, CBP visits their site to validate the implementation of security criteria.
Once companies prove they meet CBP’s security standards, they have shorter wait times and fewer inspections at ports of entry. More than 1.6 million cars and 3.8 million people crossed into the United States from Mexico at the Raul H. Castro Port of Entry in Douglas. Pre-vetting companies helps streamline the process at these ports.
This bill reauthorizes C-TPAT for the first time in 11 years. It ensures that the program is updated to meet the dynamic threats currently facing the global supply chain and that C-TPAT participants receive tangible benefits for their partnership with CBP in ensuring a secure supply chain.