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The garment sector is a labor-intensive sector that provides significant value added opportunities. The industry currently operates on a small and disorganized scale, with inefficient SMEs, operating on insufficient capacity therefore causing delayed deliveries.
A majority of the small scale garment factories are not aware that timely deliveries and shipments to their buyers are necessary to maintain efficiency and a competitive edge. Certifications like C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism) play a critical role in accessing customers in the United States and have almost become mandatory for Pakistani manufacturers after the 9/11 attacks. The Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and focuses on improving the security of private companies' supply chains with respect to terrorism. It allows for quicker customs clearance, hence shorter delivery times. Its audit is conducted by an independent third party, which raises the confidence and trust level of the buyers for the particular supplier.
The objective of this consultancy is to facilitate the beneficiaries in adoption, deployment and monitoring of all required principles and practices and ensure the quality of all developments prior to audit in order to acquire C-TPAT certification successfully.
The consultant is required to perform the following tasks: