The Customs Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a program that brings together Customs and Border Protection and the private industry 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.”
Free and Secure Trade (FAST) is a clearance process for known low-risk shipments, thus, any truck using FAST lane processing must be a C-TPAT approved carrier, carrying qualifying goods from a C-TPAT approved importer, and the driver in the possession of a valid FAST Commercial Driver Registration ID Card. Although FAST participation requirements along the northern and southern border are very similar, on the southern border there are two additional requirements. The manufacturer must be an approved C-TPAT participant, and they must also adhere to CBP high security seal requirements.
The Nogales Mariposa Port of Entry has dedicated processing lanes for C-TPAT FAST shipments that further expedite eligible trucks crossing the border. This is in addition to the already-low wait times following the reconfiguration of the port and the expansion to 8 commercial crossing lanes
Some of the benefits of C-TPAT FAST shipments include:
You can learn more about C-TPAT and FAST on the CBP website.