In November 2001 U.S. Customs and Border Protection launched a government- private sector partnership called the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT). The joint initiative is designed to improve the security of cargo entering the United States without inhibiting the flow of trade. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requires participants to continually assess, develop, and communicate new practices to enhance security throughout the entire supply chain.
As participants Thunderbolt Global Logistics, LLC supports CTPAT initiatives and takes great pride in our role in protecting America from terrorism. Thunderbolt’s management commits to the following procedures consistent with CTPAT Customs Broker Criteria.
- Complying with CTPAT program requirements to ensure integrity at each stage of Thunderbolt’s supply chain.
- Meeting recommended business and security practices.
- Immediately notifying CBP and Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) of any suspicious activities, anomalies, or security breaches.
- Providing security guidelines and training for Thunderbolt Global Logistics employees.
- Proactively educating and practicing outreach to Thunderbolt’s clients and business partners that may be unaware of CTPAT requirements.
While we are a small sized company our influence on international trade is not miniscule, and we take supply chain security very seriously. Security is everyone’s responsibility and all of Thunderbolt’s employees, vendors, service providers, and visitors are expected to comply with CTPAT standards.
James (Jim) Shapiro LCB, CCS
Thunderbolt Global Logistics, LLC