Is Winter Weather Impacting C-TPAT Inspections at Your Distribution Center?

Posted by Sean Murphy on January 9, 2019

In response to the terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, the Customs and Border Protection agency challenged the trade community to partner with the government and design a program that would improve supply chain security and keep the country safe. The result is the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, or C-TPAT, established in November 2011. This voluntary program increases security measures, practices and procedures in all sectors of the global supply chain.

As part of the process, tractors and trailers must be searched at logistics facilities to ensure the cargo is legitimate and hasn’t been loaded with contraband. Many warehouses and distribution centers hire security guards to perform these inspections, which entails thorough examinations of the entire trailer, including the bumper, engine, tires, floorboard, fuel tanks, cab, sides, undercarriage and roof/ceiling.

With winter weather upon us, this task can become challenging for the guards. Plummeting temperatures, blustering winds and blizzard conditions can often hinder a guard’s ability to remain vigilant. If it’s pouring rain or snow, what are the odds your guard is climbing on top of every trailer that enters and exits your facility? Can you really ensure that your guard is inspecting to recognize a breach and not just waving a driver through?

Stealth Monitoring’s remote video surveillance is an effective solution to ensure compliance with the C-TPAT program in even the harshest conditions. Our trained security operators can watch strategically placed cameras in real time to perform the majority of the trailer inspections, safely from one of our remote monitoring centers. The only task your guard may need to do the manual view, verify, tug and twist of the seal.

In addition to C-TPAT inspections, Stealth’s access control and gate solutions can verify drivers’ credentials, provide time-stamped footage for reports and control who enters and exits your property. This value-added feature can work in conjunction with our video monitoring team to handle situations in real time, as well as with our video review team to aid in investigations with site accidents, missing assets and unauthorized activity.

Supply chain security is becoming increasingly important, with little room for complacency. If you would like more information about Stealth’s proactive security solutions, contact us here.

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