On 28 March 2011, CBP announced the formal mutual recognition of New Zealand’s export security program and CBP’s supply chain security program. New Zealand Secure Export Scheme members will receive “Tier Two” status in CBP’s security program, the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT). C-TPAT benefits are granted pursuant to three tiers, with “Tier Three” given to certified, validated partners meeting the “gold standard” of best security practices. This is the first time another government’s supply chain security program has merited recognition as high as the “Tier Two” level.