Partners in Protection (PIP) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) program that enlists the cooperation of private industry to enhance border and trade chain security, combat organized crime and terrorism and help detect and prevent contraband smuggling.
In 2007, under the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America, the Government of Canada announced $11.6 million in funding to strengthen the PIP program in order to achieve mutual recognition and compatibility with the U.S. Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. This milestone was reached on June 28, 2008, when the CBSA signed an arrangement with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Benifits of PIP Certification
Required by CSA particpants for automatic access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program.
Reduced Automated Targeting System (ATS) scoring, for less frequent inspections.
Shipments for inspections directed to the front of the line during random inspection or other agency requirements.
Enhanced reputation as being low-risk companies.
Expeditied clearance times.
Significantly reduced enforcement and compliance inspections.
Shipments are eligible for expedited cross-border clearance through Canada’s Free and Secure Trade (FAST) program.