Compliance

Have you joined C-TPAT yet?
 Alba Wheels Up® International is pleased to announce a partnership that will make your C-TPAT membership application effortless and effective.

Alba Wheels Up® International, a leader in the customs brokerage business, has formed an alliance to give our clients the inside track on C-TPAT membership. Alba Wheels Up® is the solution for all your brokerage needs, and in cooperation with Pier 34 Solutions, Inc., you are ready for your C-TPAT membership and compliance. C-TPAT, Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism, is an initiative between business and government to help protect global commerce from terrorism. C-TPAT is a way for businesses to help protect our country, and help themselves in the process.

Give your company the benefits of C-TPAT membership, call Alba Wheels Up® International today.

Our program is affordable for companies of any size, and includes development of security profiles for all organizations in your supply chain, the CBP executive summary and completion and submission of all necessary paperwork; all with a minimal investment of your valuable time.

We offer

  • Full range of continuous bonds
    1. Insufficient notifications
    2. Reinstatement of inactive or voided IRS#
    3. Address & name riders
  • Duty reduction programs
    1. 1st sale
    2. product review for proper classifications
    3. Compliance review – responsible care & responsible care guidelines
  • Mediation of liquidated damage
  • PMS – cash flow savings as a result of PMS enrollment
  • Advisement of proper labeling, country of origin, RN#, fiber content, etc.
  • FDA & drug specialist
  • Confidentiality certification

ACE – Section

What is ACE?

As one of the key agencies responsible for border security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is at the forefront of efforts to provide greater security to America’s borders.

Part of that mission includes the economic security needed to preserve the American way of life through the processing of ever increasing volumes of legitimate trade. With these twin goals in mind, border protection and trade facilitation, it is imperative CBP utilize state-of-the-art technology and business operations to increase efficiency and meet the economic and security needs of the future.

In early 2001, U.S. Customs embarked on a multi-year effort to bring up-to-date commercial processing with the Automated Commercial Environment (ACE).

The ACE is being designed to expedite lawful trade and support the global supply chain while enhancing border security efforts.

CTPAT Section

What is CTPAT?

  • C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen overall supply chain and border security.
  • C-TPAT recognizes that Customs can provide the highest level of security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the supply chain– importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers.
  • Through this initiative, Customs is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain.

CTPAT Requirements

Businesses must apply to participate in C-TPAT. Participants will sign an agreement that commits them to the following actions where they will:

  • Conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of supply chain security using the C-TPAT security guidelines jointly developed by Customs and the trade community. These guidelines, which are available for review on the Customs Web Site, encompass the following areas: Procedural Security, Physical Security, Personnel Security, Education and Training, Access Controls, Manifest Procedures, and Conveyance Security.
  • Submit a supply chain security questionnaire to Customs.
  • Develop and implement a program to enhance security throughout the supply chain in accordance with C-TPAT guidelines.
  • Communicate C-TPAT guidelines to other companies in the supply chain and work toward building the guidelines into relationships with these companies.

Who is eligible for CTPAT?

Customs plans to open enrollment to a broad spectrum of the trade community in the near future. C-TPAT membership will be made available to importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators, and manufacturers. Please refer to the Customs Web Site for the latest information on eligibility and application procedures.

ISF

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced a new rule, known as the Importer Security Filing (ISF) or more commonly called 10+2; which requires cargo information, for security purposes, to be transmitted to the agency at least 24 hours before goods are loaded onto an ocean vessel for shipment into the U.S. 10+2 is pursuant to section 203 of the SAFE Port Act, and requires importers to provide 10 data elements to CBP, as well as 2 more data elements from the carrier.

The rule, published on November 26, 2008, went into effect on January 26, 2009. CBP is taking a phased-in approach in terms of implementation and enforcement. During the first 12 months, importers will be warned of infractions instead of being fined, with the hope that the importers will establish a filing system. All ISF filings are required to be submitted electronically via the Automated Broker Interface (ABI) or the Automated Manifest System (AMS). After the phase-in period, on January 26, 2010, 10+2 will officially be effective and importers will be required to comply. If compliance is not met, they can face fines up to $5,000 for each violation.

The following 10 data elements are required from the importer:

  1. Manufacturer (or supplier) name and address
  2. Seller (or owner) name and address
  3. Buyer (or owner) name and address
  4. Ship-to name and address
  5. Container stuffing location
  6. Consolidator (stuffer) name and address
  7. Importer of record number/foreign trade zone applicant identification number
  8. Consignee number(s)
  9. Country of origin
  10. Commodity Harmonized Tariff Schedule number

From the carrier, 2 data elements are required:

  1. Vessel stow plan
  2. Container status messages

The above information is required for the Department of Homeland Security to “push out” U.S. borders. Collecting information on foreign imports 24 hours prior to the goods leaving the port of lading allows CBP to further secure U.S. ports of entry against acts of terrorism.

For More Information, contact:
Alba Wheels Up® International
150-30 132nd Avenue, Suite 208
Jamaica, NY 11434
+1 (718) 276-3000
s.stile@albawheelsup.com