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C-TPAT AND WHAT BEING COMPLIANT MEANS

August 17, 2015

Ever since the disaster of September 11th, the US government has upped its vigilance for smuggled arms, humans and contraband in general. It has added many layers of security to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program and the C-TPAT or the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism, happens to be just such a measure.

It was initiated in November 2001 with 10 major importers. Today more than 50% of all imported goods crossing US borders are from partners who are C-TPAT compliant. Over 10,000 members including U.S. importers, U.S./Canada highway carriers; U.S./Mexico highway carriers; rail and sea carriers; licensed U.S. Customs brokers; U.S. marine port authority/terminal operators; U.S. freight consolidators; ocean transportation intermediaries and non‐operating common carriers; Mexican and Canadian manufacturers; and Mexican long‐haul carriers are part of the C-TPAT network and enjoy a long list of privileges.

WHAT C-TPAT STANDS FOR AND HOW TO GET COMPLIANT?

The C-TPAT alliance is not mandated by the US government. It is a voluntary admission program. It aims to ensure that healthy trade relations are maintained with countries on a global scale and the international trade supply chains are strengthened. With the expertise and cooperation of the CBP, importers who are a part of C-TPAT work on protection best practices and identify possible security gaps to get their goods into the country without being intercepted and breached by miscreants and agents of terrorism who may use the cargo to smuggle in the requisites of launching an attack on the nation.

The partners who enforce adherence to the basic guidelines of C-TPAT are given a Tier 2 ranking. Those who go above and beyond the stipulations to come up with innovative and proactive ways to collaborate with the CBP are honored with a Tier 3 status. Tier 3 C-TPAT partner entries are 9 times less likely to undergo security exams. And this is a huge convenience as well as monetary relief.

ADVANTAGES OF GETTING COMPLIANT:

C-TPAT network partners are simply more trustworthy in the eyes of the nation. Since they work in close association with the CBP and follow their recommended practices, entries filed by these members are not subjected to the rigorous security checks that other more questionable cargo is.

C-TPAT as a program also offers its members the advantage of constant communication with a Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSP) who is in charge of managing the relationship with CBP and answering all security related queries. As far as possible and practicable, the cargo of C-TPAT partners is moved to the front of the processing line and if delays do occur, upon resumption of service their shipments and goods are handled first to cut down the time lag. C-TPAT partners are invited to attend yearly seminars and conferences on trade safety and other critical issues. And last but not the least, they are provided access to FAST (Free and Secure Trade) lanes to expedite border crossing.

American Casting and Manufacturing is an industry expert and boasts the shortest lead time for custom printed and numbered seals. It has a wide array of C-TPAT compliant cable locks and bolt seals to hold goods in place and prevent tampering or manipulation. Without these one-time use padlocks, it is not possible to process the C-TPAT security checklist and be a part of this esteemed network.

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How To Maintain Safety At Work

June 15, 2015

Mishaps and accidents claim the lives of 11 American workers every day! And the sad part of this bleak scenario is the fact that most of these untimely deaths can be prevented only if employers and workers stay vigilant about maintaining compliance with safety regulations.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH:

Celebrated every year in the month of June, it is a mark of respect for the thousands who perish in creating the battlements and tenements of civilization that we so enjoy. From the high risk construction industry to the dynamic transportation industry, workers give their very best to ensure the integrity of structures and often labor in treacherous circumstances of extreme heat and heavy duty equipment. The Safety Month aims to increase awareness amongst companies and their employees so that basic security evolves into a top priority for businesses around the world.

In 2015 the theme is ‘What I Live For’ and will focus on personal sagas of safety practices and useful tips and protocols urging workers to value their lives and the faith their family members have in them by taking adequate precautions.

GAUGING SAFETY AT THE WORKPLACE:

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal body in charge of improving work condition and security compliance in American industries. In association with it, the NSC or National Safety Council has suggested a framework to assess existing safety and make continual changes to reduce the unnecessary death toll.

  • Measurement of workplace compliance with existing regulations – It is important that employees dealing with high risk constructions and equipment diligently survey touch points (strength of leashes, skill of crane users and so on) that may exhibit vulnerability and bench mark provisions against what is considered standard.
  • Hazard tracking – It isn’t enough to know the safety score of the workplace. Companies must continuously track touch points for signs of deterioration. This can prevent accidents by allowing pre-emptive action.
  • Employee engagement – Based on observations and monitoring, a robust safety system has to be created on paper. To implement the blueprint employees must be given tangible reasons to adhere to them. This is achieved through engagement and compliance programs that utilize emotion driven content backed up by the dismal stats of workplace safety to jolt workers into cautiousness.

 

SOME TIPS TO STAY SAFE:

Sometimes the simplest measures can save lives and these are overlooked by employers as well as employees. Apart from initiating adoption of safety practices and constantly refreshing the specifications of provisions, companies should:

  • Arrange for training when introducing a new tool, even if it is potentially harmless.
  • Invest in good quality protective gear. This means eye gear and fire resistant clothes for welders.
  • Foster a culture of co-operation. If an employee loses focus for a second and his partner is aware and proactive, mishaps may be reduced drastically.
  • Encourage senior workers to mentor young interns and assistants. There is nothing better than well intended coaching and a recounting of first-hand experiences to instill respect for the workplace in newbies.

 

American Casting & Manufacturing Corp. is the premium manufacturer of superior quality ferrous castings. With this progressive management and its dedication to excellence, it strives to achieve 100% safety in its shop floors and other endeavors.

U.S. Manufacturing

May 18, 2015

U.S. Manufacturing is the tenth largest economy in the world. In the year 2012, the manufacturing output was increased to more than 83% and a total revenue of $2.03 trillion was generated. When measured based on the GDP (gross domestic product), U.S. is far ahead of China which is in the second place. Countries such as Japan and Germany showed little growth as compared to U.S., where as countries such as Brazil, India and Mexico are showing rapid growth. Although the competitions are heavy, the U.S. manufactures still account for a larger volume of production as compared to Russia, Canada, Korea or India.

The size of the companies in the manufacturing sector is measured based on the following – firm size and plant size. The U.S. has about 254,941 firms in the manufacturing sector and about 295,643 plants. Individual firms can have multiple plants. Although there was a decline in the number of jobs in the manufacturing sector in the U.S., 2010 was a good start where the manufacturing sector generated 600,000 jobs.

Only locally manufactured goods are used in the U.S. economy where the manufactured goods and services are used as intermediate materials and the customers, business, government and exports purchase the final output.

Manufacturing industries such as a chemical manufacturing, manufacturing of computers and electronic products, food, beverages, and tobacco; and petroleum and coal products account for about 50% of manufacturing GDP. In the last several years there has been a steady and strong growth in the use of chemical products. This is mainly due to the availability of low-cost energy in the U.S. and the renaissance in U.S. manufacturing. The manufacturing sector has extensively increased the standard of living of the U.S. consumers. The capital and the technology have been used intensively by the U.S. manufacturing sector and this is why it is called as the productivity powerhouse of the nation.

American Castings & Manufacturing Corp. is proud to contribute to the U.S. economy by manufacturing quality security seals in the United States.

Here’s How to Pick the Right Cargo Seals

April 20, 2015

When you’re shipping your goods, particularly through third parties, you want to make sure your shipment is protected from prying eyes. Whether it is thieves looking to steal and resell your goods, competitors looking to steal your technology, or terroristic threats against your goods, mechanical and electronic security seals can help protect your freight. So what do you need to consider when selecting the right seal for your goods?

Understand Your Goods

You need to think about the value of your goods, and the parties that may be most likely to want to get to them. Some parties will have a greater desire to get to certain goods, and will need a more secure seal. Computer equipment, drugs, and electronics are attractive to thieves, while explosives and corrosives will be targeted by terrorists. These types of products will need higher-strength seals than other, less useful or sellable products.

Understand the Way You Ship

Depending on the carrier you use and the methods they use for transportation, you may need to consider different types of security seals. Check into their reliability and if there are certain areas of transit that are more dangerous than others in terms of cargo being tampered with.

You’ll also need to think about where you are shipping. International shipping, and different customs regulations, will require certain types of seals. Most often, customs will require a set of minimum physical standards for the type of seal allowable. Going above that will be fine.

Understand the Seals Themselves

Making sure you fully understand the types of seals and how they function is obviously a key to choosing the right seal. You’ll need to make sure the seals are easy for consignees to deal with, and easy for non-skilled inspectors to understand. Look beyond the base price of the seal and make sure you chose one that will provide the optimal security for your situation – cheapest is not always best. Talk to vendors and have them explain seals, including ways they can be breached, and also discuss your standards with your insurance carrier.

Having the right cargo seals for your shipments can keep them out of the wrong hands, and help you keep your product loss to a minimum. American Casting produces a wide variety of seals, ranging from bolt lock seals, to metal strap seals, and many more. We are your top supplier to make sure your goods make it to their final destination securely.

NTSB Seeks Ways to Improve Safety

March 16, 2015

Safety is more important than ever, as illustrated by recent statements of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Each year the NTSB makes safety suggestions, based on its observations while investigating accidents. The federal agency investigates major traffic accidents and every civil aviation incident in the US.

The NTSB is seeking ways to improve safety in the US commercial trucking industry, according to a USA Today post. The goal is to require commercial truck operators to be deemed medically fit before they can operate those vehicles.

The NTSB has noted the number of fatalities associated with large trucks has increased since 2009, which has ignited a call to improve safety measures. Putting a requirement in place that truck drivers pass health examinations would allow medical conditions such as sleep apnea to be discovered before they lead to potentially fatal crashes.

Such a safety policy might have prevented the December 2013 derailment of a train in Bronx, NY that killed four people and injured over 60 others. The train sped up to 82 mph into a 30 mph curve after its engineer fell asleep; he was undiagnosed with sleep apnea.

As well, safety is paramount for commercial truck drivers given the increasing number of vehicles carrying large amounts of crude oil. Therefore, being attentive and healthy as a driver is more important than ever to minimize crashes.

The NTSB also wants to make sure pilots, operators and crews comply with active procedures set for them. If pilots do not follow procedures, errors can occur that increase risks for all parties involved.

The National Transportation Safety Board update is a great reminder of the importance of safety procedures and products. At American Casting, we comply with US safety regulations and bring safety to your products, including bolt lock seals, cable locks, and barcoded seals. Our products are tamper-evident and highly secure to provide safety to your items and its users.

American Casting Supports International Standards

February 23, 2015
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International standards are set forth by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This organization helps companies such as American Casting standardize their products in order to conform to international specifications. This is done to promote international trade in a way that lets consumers in all countries know the products they are buying are safe, good for the environment, and efficient. ISO standards help by ensuring social and economic benefits to all who participate.

 

When it comes to business, ISO helps companies to remain competitive in the international market by increasing productivity, reaching a broader market, increasing customer satisfaction, increasing market share, and helping to promote greener practices in an effort to protect the environment.

 

For consumers, ISO standards affect a wide range of products on the market, road safety, packaging of products, and air, water, and soil safety. The ISO even has a committee in place to encourage consumers to get involved. Currently, there are over 19,500 standards in place.

 

When it comes to governments, they are able to implement ISO standards which affect public policy. Without having to hire numerous experts to get information or have research studies done, governments can turn to ISO standards which have already been developed by professionals in their respective fields. Governments are also helped by using these standards because it lets other countries know they are importing goods that meet their own standards, which further helps to open up the world trade market. When consumers know they can trust a product from another country, they are more likely to purchase that product.

 

ISO continues to help protect consumers worldwide and as more and more companies get involved, more standards can be developed. This will have a positive impact not only globally, but for individuals and companies in countries around the world.

The Facts – Manufacturing in New York

February 2, 2015

Facts about the New York manufacturing industry are impressive. Here is an overview of the facts and their significance.
Output and Exports in NY
In New York, manufacturing outputs totaled $63.1 billion in 2009, as per the US Bureau of Economic Analysis. That is an increase from the previous few years. New York manufacturers accounted for 5.8 percent of the total output in the state that same year, with just over 17,000 manufacturing establishments located in NY at the time.
As for manufacturing’s share of NY exports, it amounts to 80 percent, according to recent statistics. In terms of jobs related to manufacturing exports, that number totaled almost 230,000, as per the Bureau’s 2008 stats.
Employment Details in New York Manufacturing
In NY, the total number of people working in manufacturing is huge. It was an extraordinary 457, 200 in 2010. That means that the manufacturing industry employed 5.3 percent of the New York workforce.
As for the annual wage of an average worker in the industry, it was about $70,450, as per the US Bureau of Economic Analysis statistics from 2009. That annual income was about $15,000 higher than non-farm employers in the state.
Significance of the Manufacturing Facts
The numbers mentioned above illustrate how New York manufacturing contributes to the state economy. It creates valuable jobs, puts money back into local businesses, and helps keep NY going strong as a center of innovation.
New York’s manufacturing industry continues to grow at a steady pace. There is optimism for the business activity in the future. Here at American Casting, we are proud to be a part of NY’s manufacturing legacy by crafting tamper-evident and highly secure seals, locks, and tags.

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