Update: C-TPAT has advised that the New Seal Standards effective date of March 1, 2012 has been delayed. Therefore, the notice posted below on February 8, 2012 is not in effect. C-TPAT partners will be advised when the ISO has resolved the issue and how amended the New Seal Standards accordingly.

Seaboard Marine wishes to advise its valued customers that effective March 1, 2012, the current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) mechanical seal standard (ISO/PAS 17712) will be replaced with a new ISO standard–ISO 17712:2010. The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), of which Seaboard Marine is a member, understands that seals are costly, and companies are not expected to discard seals currently in stock. However, after companies have exhausted their current stock of high security seals, C-TPAT recommends that they only purchase seals which are compliant with the new ISO 17712:2010 standard.

The new seal standard compliance requirements include:
• Testing to determine a seal’s classification for physical strength (as a barrier of entry).
• Process auditing of the manufacturer’s security-related business practices.
• Testing (pass/fail) of a seals ability to indicate evidence of tampering.
• A new 18mm minimum width diameter for bolt seals.

Benefits of the new seal standards include:
• Reduced possibility of cargo theft or tampering.
• Reduced possibility of unauthorized material being inserted into containers or other instruments of international traffic (IIT).
• Reducing shipping delays that result when seals are missing or broken.
• When inspecting seals for signs of tampering, tamper-evident seals should allow personnel, with the appropriate training, to detect compromised seals easier.

When C-TPAT companies transition to the new ISO 17712:2010 compliant seals, they should request documentation (lab reports) to confirm that the purchased seals comply with the new standard.

For more information on the new seal requirements, please visit the World Customs Organization (WCO) website at www.wcoomd.org or contact the C-TPAT program at industry.parnership@dhs.gov.