SPOKANE, Wash.–Zak Designs has received an official Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) Validation.
The C-TPAT program was developed after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 as a way for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency and private companies to work together to tighten security measures and reduce the risk of further terrorist attacks. Through the C-TPAT validation process, agents from the CBP visited Zak’s domestic warehouse in Spokane as well as its main factories overseas to verify compliance with the supply chain security measures that Zak voluntarily agreed to implement as part of the program. The official validation certifies that the CBP has inspected the company and confirmed that Zak has implemented and is adhering to those procedures that the CBP has set forth as part of the program.
“This is an extremely important initiative that we’ve been participating in since 2002,” said Irv Zakheim, president and CEO of Zak Designs. “This official validation is a tribute to the hard work of all our employees and their commitment to do their part to help protect our borders against the threat of terrorism.”
The validation will also provide Zak’s customers with faster, more reliable service by reducing the amount of time shipments are held up in customs, Zakheim said.