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Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer
in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo
enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade
community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United
States border security. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector
partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest
level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the
principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as
importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and
manufacturers. The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of
2006 provided a statutory framework for the CTPAT program and imposed
strict program oversight requirements.
A Growing Partnership
From its inception in November 2001, CTPAT continued to grow. Today,
more than 11,400 certified partners spanning the gamut of the trade
community, have been accepted into the program. The partners include
U.S. importers/exporters, U.S./Canada highway carriers; U.S./Mexico
highway carriers; rail and sea carriers; licensed U.S. Customs brokers;
U.S. marine port authority/terminal operators; U.S. freight
consolidators; ocean transportation intermediaries and non‐operating
common carriers; Mexican and Canadian manufacturers; and Mexican
long‐haul carriers, all of whom account for over 52 percent (by value)
of cargo imported into the U.S.
How CTPAT works
When an entity joins CTPAT, an agreement is made to work with CBP to
protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific
security measures and best practices. Applicants must address a broad
range of security topics and present security profiles that list action
plans to align security throughout the supply chain.
CTPAT members are considered to be of low risk, and are therefore
less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry.
CTPAT Partners enjoy a variety of benefits, including taking an
active role in working closer with the U.S. Government in its war
against terrorism. As they do this, Partners are able to better identify
their own security vulnerabilities and take corrective actions to
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How to Become a Partner?
Participation in CTPAT is voluntary and there are no costs associated
with joining the program. Moreover, a company does not need an
intermediary in order to apply to the program and work with CBP; the
application process is easy and it is done online. The first step is for
the company to review the CTPAT Minimum Security Criteria for their
business entity to determine eligibility for the program. The second
step is for the company to submit a basic application via the CTPAT
Portal system and to agree to voluntarily participate. The third step is
for the company to complete a supply chain security profile. The
security profile explains how the company is meeting CTPAT’s minimum
security criteria. In order to do this, the company should have already
conducted a risk assessment. Upon satisfactory completion of the
application and supply chain security profile, the applicant company is
assigned a CTPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist to review the
submitted materials and to provide program guidance on an on-going
basis. The CTPAT program will then have up to 90 days to certify the
company into the program or to reject the application. If certified, the
company will be validated within a year of certification.
www.cbp.gov/CTPAT for instructions to complete annual reviews, and
to view training materials related to common CTPAT processes. Also
information on new features will be posted to the CTPAT Public Library.
Please visit the government website for most current details.
This page is only for reference and we do
NOT guarantee that this is the most current
rules and regulations.
C-TPAT from 2007
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