Partners in protection (PIP)

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Strengthen your security process

In 2008, the Canada Border Security Agency’s (CBSA) voluntary initiative Partners in Protection (PIP) program received a boost from the federal government to give it mutual recognition and compatibility with its US equivalent, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. While the strengthened PIP program means increased security measures for goods flowing between the US and Canada, it doesn’t have to lead to long border delays for your business. In fact, quite the opposite is true.

Why joining PIP benefits your company

PIP aims to enhance trade chain security while securing the flow of legitimate goods across the border by inviting businesses to participate and receive guidance with their security processes. Signing a partnership agreement with the CBSA gives members:

  • Improved security
  • Enhanced reputation as a low-risk company with the authority
  • Improved understanding of customs requirements
  • Better communication between their employees and the CBSA

The partnership gives importers more time to conduct business and ship goods by avoiding border delays. In addition, the similar security requirements for both PIP and C-TPAT make it easier to become eligible for both programs. Signing up for PIP is also part of the eligibility process to participate in the Free and Secure Trade program, an initiative that expedites border clearances into Canada for pre-approved importers, carriers and drivers.

How PricewaterhouseCoopers can help

Our PwC Customs team draws on experience from our Tax and Advisory Services practices to help you document your existing physical security and access controls including container, trailer and rail car security. We can also help you document procedural security, personnel security and business partners’ security. We have former border security staff on our team who will assist you with creating a supply chain security plan as well as other security measures.

Contact us today to discuss your border security concerns.