Vastera Earns PIP Certification from Canadian Government

Partners in Protection program designed to improve border security, combat terrorism

Partners in Protection program designed to improve border security, combat terrorism

Dulles, VA — June 11, 2004 — Global trade management (GTM) solutions provider Vastera has been accepted as a member of the Canadian government's Partners in Protection (PIP) program, a joint government-business initiative designed to enhance border security, combat terrorism and organized crime, increase awareness of compliance issues and detect and prevent smuggling.

Available to importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and associations who work in international trade, the PIP program teams private industry with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). To be admitted to the program, eligible companies must complete a memorandum of understanding, conduct a self-assessment of their supply-chain security procedures and meet periodically with CBSA representatives to exchange information and participate in awareness sessions that help detect illegal activities.

In return for acceptance into PIP, Vastera will offer support to its own clients throughout the application process. Once approved under the PIP program, Vastera clients can then consider participation in the Free and Secure Trade Program (FAST), a joint U.S.-Canada cross-border program under which pre-approved carriers, importers and drivers can leverage expedited clearance into either country, transforming the compliance obligation into an opportunity to streamline the supply chain.

"Vastera's participation in PIP demonstrates our commitment to the global adoption of enhanced trade processes and strengthens our already steadfast resolve to secure the supply chain throughout the North American region," said Tim Davenport, president and CEO for Vastera. "As a licensed broker and the only global trade management provider in the program, we can now assist our clients in PIP certification."

Vastera said it is a certified customs broker, an approved software provider of the Canadian Self Assessment Electronic Data Interface and certified in the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection's Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. The C-TPAT program, similar to the PIP program in Canada, is designed to ensure that proper security procedures are in place to protect the flow of global trade entering the United States.

For more information on C-TPAT and solutions for supply chain security, see "Building the Secure Supply Chain," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business.