CBP is one of the Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the U.S. It also has a responsibility for securing the border and facilitating lawful international trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U. S. laws and regulations, including immigration and drug laws.
We are the guardians of our Nation's borders.
We are America's frontline.
We safeguard the American homeland
at and beyond our borders.
We protect the American public against terrorists
And the instruments of terror.
We steadfastly enforce the laws of the United States
While fostering our Nation's economic security
Through lawful international trade and travel.
We serve the American public with
vigilance, integrity, and professionalism.
CBP Core Values
Vigilance is how we ensure the safety of all Americans. We are continuously watchful and alert t to deter, detect and prevent threats to our Nation. We demonstrate courage and valor in the protection of our Nation.
Service to Country is embodied in the work we do. We are dedicated to defending and upholding the Constitution of the United States. The American people have entrusted us to protect the homeland and defend liberty.
Integrity is our cornerstone. We are guided by the highest ethical and moral principles. Our actions bring honor to ourselves and our agency.
WHAT IS C-TPAT
(Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)
C-TPAT seeks to safeguard the world's vibrant trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its neighbors. The partnership develops and adopts measures that add security but do not have a chilling effect on trade, a difficult balancing act. It is a voluntary program between the government and the trade community created to improve trade and enhance border security of the United States.
Companies have realized these benefits for participating in the C-TPAT program:
Greater supply chain integrity
Reduced cargo theft
Increased customer satisfaction
Greater efficiency between internal and external functions
Improved security for their workforce
In 2008, DFASS proudly received certification from a government-sponsored program entitled the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). This program requires DFASS to conduct an assessment of our supply chain security practices and procedures both internally and with respect to our supply chain partners; to identify areas of weaknesses in the supply chain and to propose a course for improvement; and continue to validate that such improvements are executed. Effective supply chain security depends not only on the cooperation of the company's supply chain partners, but also on the actions of company employees.
Last year DFASS's first internal C-TPAT committee was formed. This group was established to ensure C-TPAT requirements within the company are maintained. It was decided that this committee will meet on a monthly basis and that John Pineda was to be the Committee Chair person and CTPAT Director of Compliance. In addition, last year DFASS held its first C-TPAT fair. The purpose of the fair was to inform not only employees but business partners as well about the program. 106 participants attended this seminar. DFASS's first fair proved to be a huge success for the organization. Furthermore, over the last couple of years, DFASS has strived for continued excellence and has maintained its policies and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the business. DFASS has made every effort possible to ensure the security of its supply chain and has promoted the importance of the C-TPAT program to other businesses. After DFASS became certified in 2008, it has continued to keep up to date with federal and state regulations and has updated the company's information on an as needed basis.
DFASS is committed to the highest standards of quality and integrity in its products and operations. In the aftermath of September 11th and in light of ongoing concerns regarding terrorist threats worldwide, the company continues to recognize the need to further protect its product and resources from potential acts of terrorism throughout our segment of the international supply chain. To this end, we have embarked on a course to continue to improve the security of our merchandise from the point of manufacture through to the receipt of goods in the U.S.