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June 29, 2007 

CBP Announces Participants in C-TPAT Third Party Validation Pilot Program in China

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) today announced the names of the companies that have been selected to serve as third party validators in the Third Party Validation Pilot Program for purposes of conducting supply chain validations under the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) in China. This one-year pilot program was necessary since the Chinese government has denied CBP’s request to allow CBP employees from performing validations in China. This program marks the first time that C-TPAT supply chain validations will be performed by commercial entities.

The following companies have been chosen by CBP to perform validations on CBP selected C-TPAT participants with operations in China:

  • ABS Group
  • Cotecna
  • Det Norske
  • Veritas
  • Intertek
  • Omega Compliance
  • Pinkerton
  • Sharp Global
  • SGS North America
  • TUV Rheinland
CBP will notify eligible C-TPAT participants in writing of their selection to participate in the third party validation pilot program. The C-TPAT participant will be required to select one of the third party entities within 30 days to initiate the validation process. Both the third party firm and the C-TPAT participant will be required to sign a conflict of interest form prior to the initiation of any contract and the start of the validation.

It is anticipated that the C-TPAT participants will be expected to pay for the services of the third party validators.

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