New California Supply Chain Security Law

New California Supply Chain Security Law Cross Border Services simplifies C-TPAT Certification

September 29, 2011 - In November 2001 United States launched the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encourage all global companies to take an active role in promoting supply chain and border security. C-TPAT is not just a big-company program. Medium and small companies may want to evaluate the requirements and benefits of C-TPAT carefully in deciding whether to apply for the program.

California companies are encouraged to join C-TPAT. C-TPAT offers trade-related businesses an opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism. By participating in C-TPAT worldwide supply chain security initiative, California companies will ensure a more secure and expeditious supply chain for their employees, suppliers and customers.

Recently, the California State Legislature enacted California law S657, the new Supply Chain Security Law. The new California law S657 requires California retailers and manufacturers to inform the public about their efforts to combat slavery and human trafficking which is a component of the C-TPAT program. The law takes effect on January 1, 2012.

If you have operations within California, you must comply with the new C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Law. The law covers not only California retailers and manufacturers, also all vendors, agents, warehouses who store good and transportation carriers transporting goods within or through California. The law is seen as a progressive step to merge together California consumers concerns about worldwide issues and security protection with those of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. More U.S. States are in the process of passing similar C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Laws.

“California companies involved in the manufacturing and movement of products should make the forward step and join the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program” states Dawn Truell, President Cross Border . Truell continues by mentioning “the C-TPAT program is equally about protecting U.S. Citizens against unlawful acts in foreign commerce as it is Border Security against Terrorism. C-TPAT participation alerts consumers, vendors and suppliers that your company is a supporter of ethical business practices and your products are security safe.”

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