C-TPAT represents the Customs-Trade Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) partnership. This program is a joint government-business initiative to establish cooperative relationships that strengthen the entire supply chain and border security, while recognizing that Customs can only provide maximum security in close cooperation with its industrial partners. The documents describing the C-TPAT initiative clearly show that their roots are the Sea Carrier Initiative Agreement (SCIA) and the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC) program. BIMCO has taken the initiative to draft as soon as possible the text of a clause that takes into account the possible liability for the costs associated with sending security forces to US ports. In addition to meeting the approval criteria, a sea carrier must also meet the „minimum safety criteria – sea carrier“, the latest version of which dates from November 2019 (see annex). In order to qualify for CTPAT certification, a maritime carrier must have adopted by December 2002 by the United Nations International Maritime Organisation (IMO) a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities. These initiatives form the basis of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which entered into force in July 2004 and consists mainly of amendments to the Convention for the Protection of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The „K“ Line fleet for scheduled, automotive and bulk services as well as the terminals used are ISPS compliant. For more information on IHSPR, visit the IMO website.
In March 2006, following CBP`s announcement of the revised safety criteria for ocean carriers, we modified our CTPAT program and posted all of our security criteria on CBP`s secure web portal in good time before CBP`s deadline expired. The threat of terrorism and the increase in security concerns are leading to significant changes in international trade. „K“ Line America places a high priority on safety and has traditionally supported industry and government efforts to improve supply chain security. „K“ Line America is a long-time member of the Carrier Initiative Program (CIP) and has quickly certified and validated CTPAT. We are also a member of the World Shipping Council (WSC), a washington, D.C-based trade association that represents more than 40 liner shipping companies. As part of the CSM, the lline industry has worked closely with the U.S. government to provide critical feedback and develop effective supply chain security initiatives. The terms „Customs and Boarder Patrol CTPAT Department“ are quoted below. that we must not compromise our security process by providing detailed information to customers or other beneficiaries in the search for a background. Importers or other customers who are looking for information for their CTPAT applications only need to indicate the name of the carrier and whether or not the carrier participates in the CTPAT program. Therefore, the „K“ Line supports the claims of the Customs and Border Patrol and cannot publish the security questionnaire sent to USCS and will refrain from responding to other security questionnaires/documents prepared by other entities. BIMCO, however, views the 24-hour manifesto rule with some skepticism, as BIMCO questions the capacity of the United States.