Factory Free Trade Agreement Verification Audits

As a textile/wearing apparel importer making claims for duty free entry under a Trade Preference Program (TPP) or Free Trade Agreements (FTA), you are responsible for the validity of those claims. You take a huge risk if you choose a foreign factory to produce your merchandise and that factory does not know the requirements for entry under the trade preference program. Assuring that the factory you choose is knowledgeable of the rules and regulations relating to the program will ensure that your claims are not denied.

As a foreign factory producing merchandise being entered duty free under a Trade Preference Program (TPP) or Free Trade Agreements (FTA) you take a huge risk if you are not knowledgeable of the requirements of the program. Officers from U. S. Customs and Border Protection conduct on-site visits to foreign factories to verify the claim. If your factory is unable to substantiate a claim, you find yourself in a panic because of the possibility of losing lucrative business with U. S. importers.

The Solution:

Trade Preference Program or Free Trade Agreements Training: ensuring that the factory management is knowledgeable of the requirements of the TPP/FTA.

Factory audits: ensure that the factory is executing the trade preference program rules and regulations relating to the program so that the importation will qualify.

Quality checks: verify the quality of your products and that the proper components were used while they are still in the production phase.

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) Foreign Manufacturer Security Monitoring Audit

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a joint initiative between U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and participating businesses. IITC understands the complexity of the international supply chain and security practices based upon the CTPAT security criteria.

IITC offers consulting services and audits in order for your company to become and maintain their CTPAT certification.  We assist clients by monitoring their cargo security procedures at the foreign manufacturer facilities and their supply chain partners. We will ensure that the pertinent security measures are in place and adhered throughout their supply chain. 

IITC can be contracted to provide periodic audit services analyzing your foreign facilities, assist in evaluating your cargo security protocols ensuring your company's continued participation in C-TPAT, since certification can be suspended or revoked.  IITC can also keep you up-to-date with changes through continued training and audits.  

Numerous companies are making cargo security their top priority by applying for C-TPAT certification, but they need the help of IITC! 

Some of our specialties include:

Entry Requirements

U.S. Customs Brokerage Training

Marking Requirements


Intellectual Property Rights

Free Trade Agreements

Preferential Tariff Treatment

Customs Valuation

What people say about us

  • Instructor Kelli Thompson is one of the most professional instructors that I have ever had. Her effective teaching skills and knowledge of the job are extraordinary. Her excitement about trade and use of creative scenarios gets the students really involved in learning. She takes subject matter that could be very dry, and she transforms it into something dynamic and interesting. I think the combination of having someone with such a strong background in teaching - combined with a strong background as an Import Specialist - is very effective.

  • I felt that our full-time instruction was beyond beneficial. Ms. Thompson was prepared and knowledgeable in the aspects they were teaching. It was great to see so much enthusiasm and understanding from our instructor.

  • Ms Thompson is an amazing instructor! She is high energy and uses repetition and examples in a way that helps me to learn. She is a great coordinator and very organized!