Customs and Boarder Patrol CTPAT Division is quoted in these terms”… that we must not compromise our security process by providing customers with detailed information or others looking for a background. Importers or other customers looking for information for their CTPAT applications only need to provide the carrier`s name and indicate whether or not the carrier participates in the CTPAT program. As a result, “K” Line supports Customs and Border Patrol`s claims and cannot politically publish the security questionnaire sent to USCS and will refrain from responding to other security questionnaires/documents as they have been prepared by other entities. BIMCO took the initiative to draft as soon as possible the text of a clause that takes into account the potential liability for the costs of sending security forces to U.S. ports. More than 3,800 land, sea and air companies are participating in this long-standing cooperation program with U.S. Customs and Border Services (CBP), which focuses on drug trafficking prevention. “K” Line has been a member of the IPC since 1985. For more information on IPC, see CIP on the CBP website. In December 2002, the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted a broad package of measures to improve the safety of ships and port facilities.
These initiatives form the basis of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) effective July 2004, which consists mainly of amendments to the Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The “K” Line fleet for regular, automotive and mass services and terminals corresponds to the ISPS. For more information on IHSPR, please visit the IMO website. BIMCO is concerned that shipowners who do not have their headquarters in the United States (usually smaller shipowners) are prevented from benefiting from the benefits of CTPAT. In the future, BIMCO will work to develop a solution for companies that do not have a U.S. headquarters, which rewards active participation in the fight against drug trafficking. The development of such a program – a CTPAT light, if you prefer – will depend on CBP`s willingness to listen to and adapt its current approaches, and it will also be necessary for additional resources to be made available within CBP to finance such new initiatives. While this may be difficult in the short term, the benefits of the U.S. security situation justify, I hope, the necessary allocation of CBP funds, but time will tell. The BIMCO secretariat will report to members on all developments as soon as possible.
BIMCO, however, is skeptical of the 24-hour manifesto rule, with BIMCO questioning the ability of the U.S. Customs Authority to analyze the carrier within the 24-hour timeframe and report back to the carrier. In addition, BIMCO considers that the 24-hour rule in its current form, when it comes to bulk goods, is not currently applicable. The terrorist threat and growing 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 has long been a member of the Carrier Initiative Program (CIP) and has quickly committed to CTPAT certified and validated. We are also members of the World Shipping Council (WSC), a Washington-based trade association, D.C, which represents more than 40 shipping companies. Through the MSC, the line industry has worked closely with the U.S. government to provide critical feedback and develop effective supply chain security initiatives. To be eligible for CTPAT certification, a C-TPAT shipping company must be associated with the US Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT).