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C-TPAT 3rd PARTY VALIDATOR – China Program

Approved by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)

Business Challenge

The post 9-11 environment creates a new set of challenges for retailers, manufacturers and importers who source or manufacture goods globally. New potential security risks at off-shore manufacturing facilities need to be considered by those who import goods into the country. At the same time, companies need to maintain or increase speed-to-market in today’s competitive environment as their products cross the border. The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program, known as C-TPAT, offers a solution.


BIVAC N.A., a Bureau Veritas Group Company, having been accepted by U.S. CBP as a “Validator” for the China Pilot program, can assist importers from the USA that are chosen by CBP to participate in this pilot. This pilot is for a one year period and is open for 300 volunteer companies selected by CBP. The procedures are as follows: CBP sends the list of authorized validators to US Companies chosen to participate. Company chooses authorized validator and notifies CBP within 30 days of notification. Company contacts authorized validator. Both Company and authorized validator sign "conflict of interest agreement" with CBP before proceeding to validate foreign supplier Validator visits exporter facilities and bases report on the criteria set forth by CBP. The authorized validator submits the electronic security checklist or questionnaire plus all other information associated to the validation to CBP with 15 working days after completion of the validation.

Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

- BIVAC Asian Inspection Co. is the only wholly owned foreign inspection company allowed to operate in China. - Bureau Veritas has a workforce of 4,800 employees in China. - Our inspectors and auditors are trained to meet and even exceed CBP’s requirements in performing the inspections as per C-TPAT guidelines. - With our knowledgeable staff and our experienced working in C-TPAT as well as other security programs, Bureau Veritas can be a valuable asset in getting your Validations done promptly and efficiently.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism C-TPAT)?

    C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security. C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.

  • Where in the supply chain can I apply the services provided by Bureau Veritas?

    These services are offered at any stage of the production process and throughout the supply chain.

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