Trade chain partners and intermediaries—freight forwarders, customs brokers, trucking companies, airlines, ships, warehouse and storage facilities, consignees, agents, sub-contractors—all pose significant compliance risks to the companies they serve.
Containing that risk is one reason companies look for partners with Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), Partners-in-Protection (PIP), Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) and other government security certifications. And why trade compliance solutions are so essential to ensuring you can legally do business with or allow them contact with your goods.
It's also why supply chain intermediaries themselves invest in trade compliance solutions—particularly those based in the EU where agents are responsible for export compliance for non-EU purchasers of exported goods.
Pressing trade compliance issues raised by the selection of trade chain partners include determining if you can legally do business with existing, proposed or ad hoc partners, and whether you can do business with that partner's various partners.
Suspension and exclusion actions protect government agencies from doing business with individuals, companies or recipients who pose a business risk to the government. Companies and individuals on the General Services Administration (GSA) Excluded Party List (EPL) are excluded, debarred or disqualified from participating in specific government contracts, subcontracts, loans, grants and other assistance programs.