The Partners in Protection (“PIP”) is a voluntary commercial security program that was developed in an effort to create partnerships between the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) and companies that are directly involved in cross- border trade. Members are expected to commit to securing the supply chain by complying with physical, infrastructure and procedural security measures. This is completed by undergoing a site validation and exchange of information with the CBSA. Through this relationship members agree to implement and adhere to high security standards. While the expectations of the CBSA is to assess their security measures, provide information sessions on security issues and offer other benefits. By complying, member companies are recognized as being trusted traders, which allows the CBSA to focus its resources on areas of higher or unknown risk.
Benefits of Becoming a PIP Member
As a PIP approved carrier, you can benefit from having an enhanced reputation as being a low-risk company and attract business partners looking for companies with high security standards. In addition, PIP is fast becoming a necessity to participate in CBSA programs such as Canada’s Free and Secure Trade (FAST) and the Courier Low-Value Shipment (LVS) Program.
Membership in PIP is a prerequisite for expedited cross-border clearance through participation in Canada’s Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Program. FAST is a joint initiative between CBSA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection that enhances border and trade chain security. Their goal is to make cross-border commercial shipments simpler and subject to fewer delays. It is a voluntary program that enables the CBSA to work closely with the private sector to enhance border-security, combat organized crime and terrorism, and prevent contraband smuggling. The CBSA and industry are mutually committed to maintaining the FAST Program requirements and they work together to achieve compliance and to find solutions to problems.
The Courier Low Value Shipment (LVS) Program streamlines processing of low-value shipments through customs while providing the courier industry with expedited release. Many international couriers who transport large volumes of low- value goods participate in the Courier LVS Program.
The CBSA has recently announced new eligibility requirements for participation in the LVS Program including being a PIP member, in addition to the existing requirement for participants to be bonded carriers. Other requirements have also been announced but yet to be enforced.
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