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Anti-Smuggling|Program Will End

WASHINGTON (CN) - The Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Customs and Border Protection is switching out its voluntary anti-drug-smuggling industry partnership program for a new one, according to a proposed rule.

The rule states that the Land Border Carrier Initiative Program would become defunct, and it would be replaced by the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. The C-TPAT, introduced in 2001, is meant to be a more comprehensive program that provides greater border and supply chain security with expanded benefits to approved participants.

C-TPAT adds benefits for participants, such as priority processing for Customs and Border Protection inspections, reduced number of Customs and Border Protection inspections, and assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist who is to work with the company to validate and enhance security throughout the company's international supply chain.

Current Land Border Carrier Initiative Program members may continue to participate in that program until a rule ending it goes into effect.

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