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You Asked… About PIP

Partners in Protection logoI was reading the blog about PIP and was wondering if you have to be a large company to register. I do cross border shipping with Pacific Customs Brokers now. But I have lots of inspection problems. Please give me more information. I can’ t attend seminars. I live in Victoria.

Thank you for your inquiry regarding our blog on The Value of Partners in Protection & C-TPAT Memberships.

The Partners in Protection Program is for companies of all sizes. Having said that, in order to become a PIP “Member” you must fall into one of the approved categories, a few of them being Importers / Exporters, Carriers and Warehouse Operators to name a few.

Our seminar attendees have traveled as far away as California and Maryland.  One of the benefits for ALL organizations for the PIP Seminar, is that it will be providing detailed information regarding membership benefits, and the application process. This seminar will be able to help you decide whether PIP membership is feasible for your organization.

Also, we are pleased to say Canada Border Services Agency will have a PIP Intelligence Officer at our seminar who will be able to assist in answering questions, particularly about where the PIP program is headed.

In the event you simple cannot make this seminar, we may be able to conduct an informative telephone conference, or private consultation, with one of our security team members.

On a personal note, inspection delays are expensive and time consuming. Becoming a trusted trader and using a trusted carrier may be able to help lessen some of those delays and inspection problems you are experiencing.

Additionally, at Pacific Customs Brokers, we offer a range of consulting services for small business to help improve your cross border experiences, including mini audits and document reviews. To help reduce inspection delays, one of our trade compliance experts would be more that happy to discuss the benefits of reviewing the customs clearance documents that are being provided to the carrier.

We hope this helps!

The Value of Partners in Protection (PIP) & C-TPAT Memberships

Partners in Protection logoInterested in spending more time on shipping and less on border delays? In the age of global trading, your reputation as a company will be focused on security practices and getting your goods across the border with fewer inspections and expedited border clearances.

The recent Partners in Protection (PIP) Newsletter confirmed as at January 1, 2012, there were 1,449 PIP Members in Canada. With the recent announcements with the U.S. for a “shared vision for perimeter security”, PIP has also confirmed that 78% of all PIP Members are already C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) Certified as well.

Is it necessary? For some, yes! PIP Membership is a necessity for eligibility into certain programs. As a PIP Member you are committed to supply chain security, and the benefits include:

  • Eligibility to apply to the FAST Program;
  • Eligibility to the Low Value Shipment Program;
  • Enhanced reputation as being a low-risk company;
  • Fewer border delays; and
  • Expedited clearances

As the United States and Canada have agreed to a shared vision for perimeter security, we can expect that perimeter security to slowly become more harmonized.

What does that mean exactly? To start, an initiative has been announced for the C-TPAT and PIP Programs. Other programs will become more integrated such as the Trusted Trader Program and Partners in Compliance (under the Customs Self Assessment).

Of the 1,449 PIP Members in Canada, 62% of those are highway carriers. The benefits of expedited border clearances and fewer inspections combined with the enhanced reputation can provide you with a competitive advantage, as well as position your organization to be internationally recognized.

Pacific Customs Brokers is pleased to provide a PIP and C-TPAT informative seminar on March 29, 2012, which will provide you with details about the applications and the membership processes.  To register for the PIP Seminar. To register for the C-TPAT Seminar.