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Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)


Customs-Trade Partnership Against TerrorismThe Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program is the partnership between the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the supply chain community to focus on protecting the United States against acts of terrorism by improving security while speeding the flow of compliant cargo and conveyances.

The C-TPAT program sets procedural based security standards for each link in the supply chain including facilities, personnel, conveyances, physical access, threat awareness and manifest procedures. With the focus on security, the overall goal is to decrease the examination of low-risk carriers and importers, who are C-TPAT members.

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Why Become a ‘C-TPAT’ Member?

As a C-TPAT approved carrier you can benefit from having a greater supply chain integrity, as well as the following CBP provided benefits:

  • A reduced number of inspections
  • Reduced border wait times
  • Eligibility into the FAST lanes on the Canadian and Mexican borders and expedited

Companies have also found that joining C-TPAT often results in discovering outdated procedures and areas that need improved security and efficiency.

Global Involvement and Mutual Recognition

Mutual Recognition as a concept is reflected in the World Customs Organization’s Framework of Standards to Secure and Facilitate Global Trade, a strategy designed with the support of the United States so that Customs administrations work together to improve their capability to detect high-risk consignments and expedite the movement of legitimate cargo. Currently C-TPAT is aligned with the following countries and have agreements in place for mutual recognition:

  • Canada Border Services Agency’s Partners in Protection Program.
  • New Zealand Customs Service’s Secure Export Scheme Program.
  • Jordan Customs Department’s Golden List Program.
  • Japan Customs and Tariff Bureau’s Authorized Economic Operator Program.
  • Korean Customs Service’s Authorized Economic Operator Program.

CBP is also currently working with the following Customs Administration with the goal of reaching mutual recognition:

  • Singapore Customs - Secure Trade Partnership Plus Program.
  • European Union – Authorized Economic Operator Program.

Our Services

Our C-TPAT consulting services can range from private consultations to help you get started to assisting with your security profile. Keep in mind the C-TPAT program is policy based, and decided largely on the procedures you already have working for you. Specifically, we currently offer the following services:

  • Policy and Procedures Formalization
  • Supply Chain Risk Assessment
  • Annual Audit Review
  • Individualized Consultations and Training
  • Seminars (to be announced in Spring)