Consulting, Investigations and International (CI&I):
Supply Chain Security
Our SUPPLY CHAIN SECURITY consultants can help you protect your supply chain and take advantage of the benefits of C-TPAT certification/compliance, including direct and indirect cost savings, faster speed to market, and optimization of your supply chain processes.
Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), focused on safeguarding the world’s trade industry from terrorists and maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors. Launched in November 2001 with just 7 importers as members, the C-TPAT program today has more than 10,000 partners, who collectively account for over 50% of what is imported into the United States.
To join the anti-terror partnership, companies must meet specific supply chain security criteria. Partners have to sign agreements to work with the CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. They are also required to provide CBP with security profiles outlining specific security measures in place.
Experts from Andrews International’s Consulting, Investigations and International (CI&I) division assist certified partners, and those seeking certification, with assessing their supply chains and security postures, developing action plans to align security throughout their supply chains, and staying up-to-date with evolving regulatory requirements.
Improving supply chain security and risk management is a complex undertaking, particularly for the following types of businesses:
- Trucking companies
- Freight forwarders
- Start-up global logistics firms
To encourage businesses to take the steps necessary to comply with C-TPAT requirements, CBP offers significant benefits and incentives to certified partners. Certified partners are considered low-risk, a preferred designation that lowers the likelihood that their shipments will be selected for examination. If a shipment is selected for inspection, the process is expedited for certified partners. All this translates into substantial direct benefits:
- fewer inspections at the borders
- expedited processing
- reduced inspection, customs, and cargo fees
- increased speed to market
- an immediate positive effect on a company’s bottom line
There are also many secondary benefits associated with C-TPAT compliance:
- Heightening physical security to protect cargo from terrorists also leads to cost savings through more effective loss prevention and the resulting reduction of insurance premiums based on claims experience.
- Conducting background checks to lower the risk of hiring terrorists means questionable candidates are less likely to apply, exposure to INS sanctions for illegal workers is reduced, and employee turnover costs are limited.
- Protecting supply chain information systems from terrorist intrusion also supports prevention of cargo loss, theft of financial data, transmission of obscene materials, and personal Internet use by employees.
- Improving the integrity of cargo movement paperwork leads to improvements in productivity and quality, and encouraging and facilitating reporting of potential security weaknesses should result in lower loss exposures through risk mitigation.
Benefits of C-TPAT certification aside, supply chain security is a matter of global responsibility. The challenges associated with securing the supply chain and supply chain process cannot be resolved by one person or one group. However, failure by just one person or organization to take responsibility can have catastrophic consequences.
The CI&I team at Andrews International has the experience, resources, and knowledge to support companies in meeting supply chain security responsibilities:
- Conducting supply chain risk assessments
- Conducting operations and facilities risk assessments
- Developing proper policies and procedures and enforcing them
- Training employees in supply chain security
- Conducting third party audits of suppliers throughout the supply chain
- Assisting with ISO 28000:2007 compliance (security management systems for the supply chain)
Effective solutions are only possible through a collaborative effort between local, state, and federal law enforcement as well as supply chain management teams and third party security vendors, including both electronic security vendors and physical security vendors from the private sector. Companies throughout the world trade community rely on Andrews International’s consultants to help coordinate that effort across all supply chain stakeholders.
About Andrews International, Inc.
Andrews International, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is an industry-leading full service provider of security and risk mitigation services. Through local offices in the United States and Latin America and nearly 150 strategic partners around the world, the company provides security services to a wide range of business sectors in all 50 states and internationally to many of the Fortune 500. The firm's portfolio of services includes uniformed security, consulting and investigations, personal protection, special event security, training, alarm monitoring and response, and disaster and emergency response services. For more information, please visit the Andrews International website at www.andrewsinternational.com.