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Security Seal Standards for C-TPAT

Security Seals require inspection to indicate whether tampering has occurred or entry has been attempted. ISO/PAS 17712 Specifications Overview Indicative Seal – Seal that is constructed and manufactured of material that can easily be broken by hand or by using a simple snipping tool or shear. C-TPAT recognizes that U. and Impact Test. Through this initiative. Security Seal – Passive. Shear. The use of mechanical seals to secure containers is a key component in the chain of security measures required of C-TPAT members. Container integrity must be maintained to protect against the introduction of unauthorized material and/or persons. At point of stuffing. carriers. Bending. consolidators. and manufacturers.S. CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain. They require inspection to indicate whether tampering has occurred or entry has been attempted. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers. All seals must meet or exceed the current ISO/PAS 17712 standards for High Security Seals. The security seal provides limited resistance or unintentional attempt to open it and enter the freight container that is sealed with the seal. High Security Seals – Security Seal that is constructed and manufactured of material such as metal or metal cable with the intent to delay intrusion. Indicative seals require inspection to indicate whether tampering has occurred or entry has been attempted. one time locking device that is used to provide a reliable indicator of tampering (unauthorized removal or attempted removal) or entry. The classification requirements for each test are outlined on the back. border security. .S. The physical strength of the seal is determined by a Tensile. High security seals generally must be removed with quality bolt cutters or cable cutters. licensed customs brokers.What is Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)? C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U. procedures must be in place to properly seal and maintain the integrity of the shipping containers.

• Manufacturers will develop and maintain a crisis management strategy to prepare for and respond to tampering and other malicious. For more information on security seals or the ISO specifications please feel free to contact an ISMA member company listed on the following page. • Manufacturer utilizes an automated database that tracks seal identifiers of all seals it produces or has produced for it. such as a combination of company marks. criminal.ISO/PAS 17712 Security Seal Manufacturers Best Practices In addition to designing and categorizing seal products in accordance with the specifications outlined on the previous page manufacturers are required to meet strict standards in their business practices in order to comply with the ISO/PAS 17712 specification. • Manufacturers will help educate distributors and resellers on the importance of an effective seal security program. Contract production services will only be purchased from ISO 9001:2000 certified plants. the manufacturer agrees to present proof that records such as date of production. • Manufacturers will comply with any additional ISO standards that address gaps in PAS 17712. and letters. • Manufacturers are required to do an initial risk assessment of its facilities. • Manufacturers agree to random and unannounced inspections of production facilities. • Manufacturers agree to cooperate with relevant law enforcement officials. . and which identifies any potential duplication of identifiers. or terrorist actions. • Manufacturers will maintain ISO 9001:2000 certification on all company owned manufacturing facilities. date seals were shipped. • Manufacturers will help educate the users when possible on the importance of record keeping and in the correct way to use the seals. In the meantime. • Manufacturer will produce seals with unique identifiers. Retains information for a period of five (5) years. Outlined below are a few of the requirements. Members of the International Seal Manufacturers Association (ISMA) are required to follow the Security Seal Manufacturers Best Practices. and names of consignees are available. manufacturers will endeavor in their design process to ‘design in’ effectiveness and security for all their security seal products. Manufacturer will not re-use or duplicate seal numbers unless authorized by a shipper for a specific seal application. Upon request from a government agency. numbers.

Impact test seal classification requirements Low temperature Impact load Ja 40.12 < 27.12 Security Sea l Indicitive Se al 1 J = 0.27 < 2.68 High temperature Impact load Ja 40.0b Seal classification High Security Se al 2.Shear test seal classification requirements Load to failure kg-f a Seal classification High Security Seal Security Seal 341 227 < 227 a 1 J = 0.27 a 1 J = 0.737 562 1 ft-lbf 1 N = 0.737 562 1 ft-lbf Security Seal Indicitive Se al Table 2 .Tensile test seal classification requirements Load to failure kNa 10.224 808 9 lbf 1 kg-f = 2.737 562 1 ft-lbf Provided by the members of ISMA International Seal Manufacturers Association Inc.737 562 1 ft-lbf Table 4 .Bending test seal classification requirements Cycles to failure (fle xible seals) 501 Bending momemt to failure (rigid seals) N ma 50 S eal classification High Security Se al 251 < 251 a 22 < 22 Security Seal Indicitive Se al 1 N m = 0.224 808 9 lbf 1 kg-f = 2.737 562 1 ft-lbf Indicitive Seal Table 3 .68 Seal classification High Security Se al 27. .204 585 5 lbf 1 N m = 0.224 808 9 lbf 1 kg-f = 2.737 562 1 ft-lbf 1 N = 0.12 a 27.737 562 1 ft-lbf 1 N = 0.204 585 5 lbf 1 N•m = 0.12 < 27.204 585 5 lbf 1 N m = 0.Table 1 .