February 14, 2012
Progress in harmonization of PIP and C-TPAT programs for highway carriers
The Winter edition of the Canada Border Services Agency's (CBSA) Partners in Protection (PIP) program newsletter contained some interesting information on the ongoing harmonization of PIP and the U.S. C-TPAT programs for highway carriers.
The newsletter reports that PIP & C-TPAT successfully completed Phase 1 of harmonization in April 2011. Two U.S. and two Canadian highway carrier companies agreed to take part in the Phase 1 pilot project. All four companies were risked / vetted, validated and have been accepted as the first harmonized members.
The following facts illustrate the importance of the two program to North American trade:
As of January 1st, 2012, there were 1,449 PIP members;
Highway carriers represent approximately 62% of all PIP members;
Approximately 78% of PIP members are also members of C-TPAT.
With harmonization, PIP members who are not already members of C-TPAT are able to apply - if eligible - by providing only supplementary information.
In the near future, new applicants who wish to apply to both programs will only have to do so once using a common application form. Only one site validation will be required for both programs, although each country retains the right to render its own decision.