Since October 2004, the U.S. CBP (US Customs and Border Protection) and the foreign trade community have worked collaboratively to develop minimum security criteria for importers either already enrolled in the C-TPAT program, or wishing to join this voluntary supply chain security program. These new minimum security criteria help solidify membership expectations, and more clearly define and establish the baseline level of security measures which must be employed by member importers.
These security criteria which became effective in March of 2005, has received wide acceptance but has put a strain the organization’s ability to quickly and properly screen and authorize candidates. A phased implementation schedule has been implemented and applies to all C-TPAT Importer members.
In response, just as the FBI has been using former FBI agents to carry out pre-employment background investigations in order to reduce the load on current government employees, the CPB is looking into also recruiting former FBI agents to carry out C-TPAT training and audits, thus greatly increasing the rate at which companies qualify candidates and help to improve the security of the United States.
Ex-FBI-Agents.com Comment: One of the most underused assets we have in our country is the experience and training of individuals who have served in high-level law-enforcement, fire fighting, emergency trauma care, and other government agencies whose mission is to “Protect and Serve” the citizens of our nation. We support efforts such as the U.S. CBP in identifying the positive impact that leveraging these underused assets can haveon the continued protection and security of our nation.