Supply Chain Security
Your supply chain is complex. Both Canadian and American Customs Authorities give preferential treatment to importers who register with their respective Supply Chain Security Programs. Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in the United States and Partners in Protection (PIP) in Canada both gain access to “trusted trader” status.

Making certain that you’re compliant is no easy task.  Failing to do so, results in border delays, financial penalties and the possible loss of importing and exporting privileges. 

Companies turn to us for assistance in joining and maintaining membership in the PIP and C-TPAT programs. Participants receive favorable treatment at the border. This saves you time and money. Allow us to work with Customs to ensure your goods experience a seamless border crossing.

C-TPAT participants receive favorable treatment at the border. This saves you time and money.  Allow us to work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to ensure that your goods experience a seamless border crossing.

You will benefit from:

  • Reduced shipment inspections
  • Priority processing for customs inspections
  • Quicker border clearances
  • Eligibility to participate in special customs programs

We encourage you to develop and maintain a security program within the guidelines of C-TPAT, with emphasis on ensuring the integrity of all your shipments. Together we will work to prevent the introduction of unauthorized materials into any cargo container/trailer or other shipping conveyance. Minimum C-TPAT guidelines are available on the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) website at After reviewing these criteria, you should implement any security and/or trade compliance improvements that are directed by CBP and consider applying for C-TPAT membership.

Please contact us at the above phone number or e-mail us with questions regarding C-TPAT and other supply chain security matters. At that time, we ask if our importers are aware of the C-TPAT and I.S.F. (10+2) programs. We explain the importance of these programs and encourage your participation for your own protection and benefit. Besides the Customs Power of Attorney, we request that you provide a copy of any letter from IRS that bears the company name and the Employer's Identification Number to prevent identity theft.

It is also important that you educate your suppliers, shippers, and logistic partners about container/trailer security. At origin, a 7-point container inspection (sea shipments) or 17-point tractor/trailer inspection (for North American land border shipments) that search for hidden structural compartments and undocumented merchandise are highly recommended and should be executed on all U.S. bound shipments.

In addition, please remind your partners that all loaded U.S. bound sea containers must be affixed with a ISO PAS 17712 high-security seal. For additional information on inspection and seal requirements, refer to the CBP website above or contact us. Last, you should have procedures within your supply chain for recognizing and reporting compromised seals on your containers and trailers to CBP or an appropriate foreign authority. If you should need assistance to report any such incidents, please contact us.

In summary, we ask all our business partners to stay alert and implement a sound plan to enhance security.

Carson Customs Brokers (USA) Inc. is a certified participant of the C-TPAT program, a partnership between the trade community and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to establish supply chain security processes throughout the global supply chain to prevent terrorist devices from entering the United States.

To learn more about securing your supply chain please contact us at 1-888-4-CARSON (227766) .