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BASC works in cooperation with CBP and CTPAT


The Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition was created as a program in 1996 by legacy U. S. Customs Service. Teams of Customs enforcement officers travelled regularly to Latin America to promote the program and engage the business community in combating drugs destined for the United States. In 2002, after the creation of the CTPAT program, U.S. Customs passed the “BASC” baton to the private sector where it was formally established as a nonprofit organization named the World BASC Organization (WBO)..

BASC is the leading private sector organization in the Americas driving the adoption of supply chain security practices and standards, playing a major role in helping protect the U.S. border and international supply chain by maintaining the safety and security of shipments destined to the U.S. from traditionally high-risk regions. BASC standards and audit process were harmonized in 2008 with CTPAT security criteria and validations. This was done to ensure that CTPAT companies with overseas BASC business partners could count on knowing that a BASC certification was based on the same security criteria as those of CTPAT.​

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About the CBP-WBO action plan


U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) senior leadership tasked the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program to lead a CBP wide effort to further strengthen the working relationship between the World BASC Organization (WBO) and CBP.CTPAT worked diligently with the leadership of the WBO on a strategy that culminated in the CBP-WBO Action Plan. Under such a plan, both organizations identified nine objectives or areas of cooperation.

Some of the most important areas of cooperation are: The recognition of a BASC Supply Chain Partner, Sharing of intelligence between the two organizations, CTPAT Access to the World BASC Databases, the establishment of a Maritime Security Committee, the creation of a Supply Chain Security Committee, presence at key meetings to promote criteria and establishment of committees.

As a result of this partnership based on trust, common security standards and validation or audit process, CTPAT Members who have a business partner that is also a BASC certified company will only need to document that this business partner is BASC certified in order to meet its CTPAT business partner monitoring and oversight obligations.

View document Global Supply Chain Security Partnership WBO-CBP for more details of our cooperation found in CBP website.

About CBP


With more than 60,000 employees, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, CBP, is one of the world's largest law enforcement organizations and is charged with keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. while facilitating lawful international travel and trade.

As the United States’ first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

Mission Statement

Why CPB exists…

To safeguard America's borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation's global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel.

Vission Statement

What the Agency aspires to become…

To serve as the premier law enforcement agency enhancing the Nation's safety, security, and prosperity through collaboration, innovation, and integration.

CTPAT: Customs trade partnership agains terrorism

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 provided a statutory framework for the CTPAT program and imposed strict program oversight requirements.

How CTPAT Works

When an entity joins CTPAT, an agreement is made to work with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Applicants must address a broad range of security topics and present security profiles that list action plans to align security throughout the supply chain.

CTPAT members are considered to be of low risk, and are therefore less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry.