A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program initiated in March 1996, as a business-led, CBP-supported alliance created to combat the smuggling of contraband via commercial trade. BASC was designed to complement and enhance the CIP program. The ultimate objective of BASC is to eliminate the contamination of legitimate business shipments by criminal hands. The program also provides businesses with heightened security awareness about the smuggling of contraband and other terrorist tools in the import and export communities. BASC is one of the CBP Industry Partnership Programs (IPP). For more information contact the CBP Industry Partnership Programs at 1 (202) 927-0520 or go to: www.cbp.gov.