Partners-in-Protection (PIP) is a Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) voluntary program that focuses on strengthening security within the supply chain. The PIP certification program includes minimum security requirements, mandatory site validations, an appeals process and an automated application process.

Organizations find that developing and managing security profiles can be an overwhelming task, as it takes a great deal of time and effort to solicit all suppliers for information, along with collecting and analyzing the data. And this is only if the supplier completes the request for information the first time it is communicated.

Integration Point Partners-in-Protection (PIP) Assessment takes a very manual process and turns it into a manageable, electronic process that automates risk analysis while increasing compliance with government regulations and improving the security of the global supply chain.

Integration Point Partners-in-Protection (PIP) Assessment provides an on-demand automated risk assessment tool that assists organizations in collecting, organizing and analyzing all internal and external business partner data, verifying effective security practices exist and are followed, and achieving PIP certification and maintaining status in the program.

What is the Partners-in-Protection (PIP) Program?

The modernized Partners-in-Protection (PIP) program, launched in June 2008, moved away from the initial goals of the PIP program of promoting business awareness and compliance with customs regulations, to a program that strengthens supply chain security. Part of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the new PIP certification program includes minimum security requirements, mandatory site validations, an appeals process and an automated application process. The goal of the restructuring of the CBSA's PIP program was to foster mutual recognition between PIP and US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) program.

What are the benefits of PIP?

Companies that are PIP certified receive the following benefits:

  • Improved security levels
  • Facilitated access to CBSA expertise
  • Enhanced reputation by being a secure, low-risk company
  • Gained competitive advantage
  • Increased contribution to the protection of Canadian society
How can I become PIP certified?

Obtaining a PIP certification requires an organization to complete a security profile for their main operations as well as security profiles for all subsidiary and/or affiliates with different business numbers. The completed security profile must clearly demonstrate that all security requirements have been met. CBSA will then work with the organization to conduct site visits, review the security profiles, and offer suggestions to correct areas that have received high risk assessments.

For more on becoming PIP certified, visit the CBSA website.

Partners-in-Protection Certification & Mutual Recognition

Mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) between PIP and compatible trusted trader partnership programs expand the international trade network of accredited low-risk companies. The MRA signifies that both countries apply similar security standards and similar site validations when approving companies for membership in their respective programs, and that both countries recognize each others' members and may grant them similar benefits.

CBSA and US CBP reached a mutual recognition agreement between the PIP and CTPAT programs in 2008. CBSA also has MRAs with S. Korea, Japan and Singapore, and they are working on a Canada-EU supply chain security agreement that may eventually lead to MRA negotiations. Integration Point Supply Chain Compliance allows users to manage multiple programs (US CTPAT, Canadian PIP, Mexican NEEC, and other AEO programs) on a single web-based platform.

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