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					Securing the trade chain, one partnership at a time



     BCCC’s Trusted Trader
    Programs sub-committee

Harmonization of the PIP & C-TPAT
            programs
        December 2010
                 What is Harmonization?
• Harmonization refers to further aligning both programs in the areas
  of policies, procedures and documentation practices, where
  applicable, while retaining sovereignty.

• The objective to harmonizing PIP and C-TPAT is to streamline
  processes and align the programs as much as possible to benefit
  program members and both customs organizations.

• Harmonization does not mean two identical programs or a joint
  program.

• Each country will retain sovereignty over its own program.
            Requirements/Deliverables
• Establish information sharing protocols;
• Define eligibility requirements for membership in both
  programs under harmonization;
• Align application process;
• Align policies and procedures;
• Identify technological solution;
• Develop implementation and communication
  strategies; and
• Test the PIP/C-TPAT application process to identify risks
  and best practices.
                   Information Sharing
• Two levels of consent are required to share information:
   – Between the two country's programs; and
   – Between the member and the programs

• MOU for Information Sharing between PIP and C-TPAT
  anticipated August 2011
   – Limited information sharing due to each country’s differing laws
     and regulations


• Each program will keep its own way of exchanging
  information with members
   – Awareness sessions and DVDs for PIP
   – Annual conference for C-TPAT
               Applicant / Member Consent
• Applicant / Member consent will be required to allow programs to
  share information
    – This includes information needed to establish and maintain compliance
      for applicants and members

• Must maintain the privacy rights of applicants and members
    – trade data, names and dates of birth of company owners and directors
      will NOT be shared

• The text on information sharing in Section 1.8 of the Security Profile
  will be strengthened and will clarify what can be shared and for what
  purposes.

• Technical solutions for securely exchanging information between the
  programs are being analyzed.
                            Eligibility
• Eligible applicants are able to apply to both programs using a form
  common to both programs (in this context, common may not
  necessarily mean “the same”).

• Applicants who wish to complete a harmonized application must
  adhere to the eligibility requirements for both programs.

• Companies who do not meet the eligibility requirements for
  harmonization must complete separate applications.

• Current members of each program are able to apply to the other
  program without having to complete an additional application, if they
  are eligible to do so. However, supplementary information may be
  required.
                      Application Process
• A single application process and common application form will be
  used for companies seeking to gain membership to both programs.
    – For current members, an additional application is not required; however,
      supplementary information may be needed.

• Canadian companies apply through PIP and U.S. companies apply
  through C-TPAT
    – The recipient country will forward the application information to the other
      country
    – Members will maintain their information with their host country’s program

• Both programs will accept a single site validation, but will reserve the
  right to conduct their own as needed.
    – Site validations and re-validations for Canadian based companies will be
      conducted by PIP Intelligence Officers

• The PIP application process will be re-designed to align with C-TPAT.
                             Benefits
• Both programs will seek to offer similar benefits
• Benefits are not required to be reciprocal
   – Members of both programs will receive separate benefits from
     each program


• PIP will not be adopting a tiered approach to delivering
  benefits
   – PIP benefits will not be granted until the entire application
     process is completed and membership is approved
                Policies and Procedures
• Application form review, risk assessment thresholds,
  reports, and service standards are aligned as
  appropriate

• Decisions on risk assessment, approval, denial,
  suspension and cancellation will be recognized by the
  other program
   – each program retains the right to render its own judgement
                      IT Solutions
• Short term – manual processing until IT solutions
  can be implemented

• Medium term – modify PIP MS Access database
  and create file transfer capacity with U.S. CBP

• Long term- Develop a PIP Web portal

      Funding for both IT solutions remains a challenge
                                  Challenges
•   Benefits
     – Benefits offered may not be aligned

•   Language requirements
     – Canada is required to produce all documentation in both official languages

•   Terminology, technical difference (funding) and level of program maturity

•   Partner identification issues
     – Lack of universal identifiers
     – Multi-modal option
     – Corporate identifiers

•   Resources
     – Alignment may result in a substantial increase of new in-Canada PIP members
     – PIP web portal funding is not yet identified
Road Map
                    Questions?




Presented by:

Todd Boucher, Director, Trusted Trader Programs
Canada Border Services Agency
Phone: (613) 946-9174
todd.boucher@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

				
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