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C-TPAT Agreement (Custom - Trade Partnershipp Against Terrorism)

Since 1988, CSAV is signatory of the Sea Carrier Initiative Agreement, a voluntary agreement with the U.S. Customs Service (nowadays called the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, dependent of the Department of Homeland Security), by which additional security measures / procedures are established in their owned vessels and transported cargoes to prevent the transportation of illicit in the same.

As from the above mentioned date, our Company has kept a permanent and consistent commitment with security, always encouraging their esteemed clients and suppliers / service providers of the chain of maritime transportation to adopt complementary and coherent security measures and procedures to those of the CSAV .

In line with the stated policy, and after the very deplorable events of September 11th 2001, CSAV signs, in July 2002, the C-TPAT Agreement (Customs – Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) to prevent the traffic of elements with terrorist ends in the transportation chain under its responsibility.

In addition to the above, in June 2004, all CSAV owned vessels and private maritime terminals are certified according to the ISPS Code (International Ship and Port Facility Security Code), as part of the standing international regulations.

Finally, in April 2005, all the security procedures of the CSAV applied to their logistic chain of maritime transportation are validated under the scope of the C-TPAT by the USCBP, verifying their consistency and effectiveness.

However, given that the logistic chain is initiated when the exporters consolidate their cargoes and ends when the goods are delivered to their end customers, CSAV privileges the commercial relationship with those customers and service providers who have security systems equivalent to its own ones, under the scope of the C-TPAT.

The above, under the strong conviction that an efficient security system directly benefits all the involved parties in the transportation chain, in such aspects as:

  • Reduced number of inspections and delivery delays of the cargo in borders and ports of destination.
  • Higher prevention and loss control in the transportation of cargoes (thefts).
  • Effective prevention of smuggling of elements (in cargoes and vessels) that are potentially dangerous and could interrupt (eventually for a long time) the maritime commerce.
  • Better tracing of the cargoes in their transportation process.

For additional information, please contact CSAV local office, alternatively check the following website: of the USCBP.