BIMCO is concerned that shipowners who do not have their headquarters in the United States (usually smaller shipowners) are prevented from benefiting from the benefits of CTPAT. In the future, BIMCO will work to develop a solution for companies that do not have a U.S. headquarters, which rewards active participation in the fight against drug trafficking. The development of such a program – a CTPAT light, if you prefer – will depend on CBP`s willingness to listen to and adapt its current approaches, and it will also be necessary for additional resources to be made available within CBP to finance such new initiatives. While this may be difficult in the short term, the benefits of the U.S. security situation justify, I hope, the necessary allocation of CBP funds, but time will tell. The BIMCO secretariat will report to members on all developments as soon as possible. BIMCO, however, is skeptical of the 24-hour manifesto rule, with BIMCO questioning the ability of the U.S. Customs Authority to analyze the carrier within the 24-hour timeframe and report back to the carrier. In addition, BIMCO considers that the 24-hour rule in its current form, when it comes to bulk goods, is not currently applicable.
BIMCO took the initiative to draft as soon as possible the text of a clause that takes into account the potential liability for the costs of sending security forces to U.S. ports. In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria, a shipping company must also complete the “Minimum Security Criteria – Sea Carriers,” the latest version of which is dated November 2019 (see appendix). C-TPAT represents the customs-trade partnership us Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). It is a joint government-business initiative that aims to establish cooperative relationships that strengthen the entire supply chain and border security and recognize that customs can only provide the highest possible level of security through close cooperation with its industrial partners. The C-TPAT documents clearly show that its roots lie in the Sea Carrier Initiative Agreement (SCIA) and the Business Anti-Smuggling Coalition (BASC). To be eligible for CTPAT certification, you need a marine carrier. The revised clause was adopted by the Documentary Committee at its meeting on 27 May in Paris. The clause and a brief explanation were published in Special Letter 4 of 2 July 2013 and can be downloaded free of charge on the BIMCO website. Although the CFS is still operational for BIMCO members, it has not been open to non-BIMCO members since 2006. Therefore, sub-clause (b) is not valid because it does not specify that owners and charterers must be members of BIMCO to be signatories to SCIA. Michael Everard added: “Our concerns have been taken into account and we feel that BIMCO`s fundamental objective has been understood in this case.