Securing Points of Entry

Consulting firm launches security service to support compliance with U.S. Customs' C-TPAT program

New York  October 11, 2002  Kroll Inc., a global risk consulting company, has introduced a new supply chain security service that enables manufacturers, shippers, importers, carriers, ports and other entities to qualify for the U.S. Customs Service's recently introduced CustomsTrade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.

C-TPAT is a voluntary, joint public-private sector initiative designed to secure the international supply chain and prevent U.S. points of entry from becoming the conduit for terrorist attacks. Companies certified to participate in C-TPAT receive several cost-reducing benefits, including fewer inspections, a dedicated U.S Customs Service contact, and potential classification as a low-risk importer.

Kroll said it is offering a range of services that enable clients to participate in the C-TPAT program. Small, medium and large firms can choose specific services or the complete range, according to their particular needs. Services include security assessments of facilities and cargo; background checks and vetting of employees and vendors; product safety and security inspections and consulting; and documentation and data integrity solutions.

For companies that prefer to manage the process internally, Kroll is also offering a self-diagnostic compliance program, which includes the development of security policy and procedure manuals, and security awareness and incident response training. The company's specialists are available globally, as needed, to conduct independent monitoring of facilities and cargo.