On May 22, 2006, U.S. Customs conducted a highway carrier validation assessment on Con-way for their Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). C-TPAT is the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s (CBP) most aggressive and globally comprehensive anti-terrorism program developed since September 11, 2001. A cross-border government-industry partnership, C-TPAT was designed to be America’s front line of defense against terrorists activities that might attempt to use our supply chain to smuggle WMD or contraband into the U.S.
Participation in C-TPAT requires importers, carriers and supply chain contractors to implement a comprehensive transportation security plan while continually validating security commitments, operational plans, and business practices. The program reviews every aspect of the company’s daily operational and administrative functions.
Customs validation of Con-way Freight’s C-TPAT commitments was a milestone according to Curtis Shewchuk, Director and CSO for Con-way Freight. Our continued participation in C-TPAT ensures that Con-way’s cross-border clearances are expedited and reduces inspections by Customs while helping to secure our nation’s borders. As a business initiative, our certification encourages continued partnerships with major importers who require their supply chain partners to be C-TPAT participants.
Con-way’s C-TPAT commitment and successful certification process was a team project, according to Shewchuk. Without daily operational and administrative support from all components within Con-way Freight, and Con-way Inc., Con-way’s program would not have been recognized by Customs.
Con-way was recognized by the Customs validation team as an exceptional example of a company’s commitment to the C-TPAT program. Con-way’s security plan, defined operational/administrative processes, and commitment to process contributed to the high level of success, and was a very positive experience shared as business partners with CBP.
“Con-way was one of the first highway carriers to have their C-TPAT certification validated by CBP, so we were eager to know the outcome,” said Shewchuk. “There is a lot at stake when being C-TPAT certified, so Con-way works closely with our internal stakeholders and CBP in preparation to ensure a positive outcome for our company, CBP, and our valued customers.”
ALERT: There has been a regulatory change for wood products imported from Canada — for details, please read the new guidelines or visit the government Web site. Discretionary enforcement ended 2/1/06 (additional information).