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Mutual recognition of C-TPAT
  • The mutual recognition of high security standards and performing similar validations between CBSA and CBP simplifies motor carrier eligibility for PIP and C-TPAT.

Canada and the U.S. signed a mutual recognition arrangement to align Partners in Protection (PIP) with the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. The arrangement recognizes compatibility between Canada and U.S. cargo security programs.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) both agree to apply high security standards and perform similar validations when approving companies for membership in the respective programs.

The mutual recognition will make it easier for organizations to be eligible for both PIP and C-TPAT, although a separate application must be submitted for both.

In addition, only one site validation may be necessary for applicants of both programs. But both customs agencies still reserve the right to perform to respective validations. This alignment has a goal of positioning organizations to achieve international recognition in other programs.