Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply-chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) focused on improving the security of private company supply chains with respect to terrorism. The program was launched in November 2001. As of December 1, 2014, the program had 10,854 members. The 4,315 importers in the program account for approximately 54% of the value of all merchandise imported into the U.S.
Companies who achieve C-TPAT certification must have a documented process for determining and alleviating risk throughout their international supply chain. This allows companies to be considered low risk, resulting in expedited processing of their cargo, including fewer customs examinations.
Types of participants in C-TPAT
~ US importers of record
~ US/Canada and US/Mexico cross-border highway carriers
~ Mexico long-haul carriers
~ Rail, sea, and air carriers
~ US marine port authority and terminal operators
~ Consolidators (US air freight consolidators, ocean transportation intermediaries and non-vessel operating common carriers)
~ Mexican and Canadian manufacturers
~ Certain invited foreign manufacturers
~ Licensed US customs brokers
~ Third-party logistics providers
~ Brokers and agents
~ Agencies participating in negotiation of business deals
It is important that business partners and importers understand the importance of container security.
High security seals must be affixed to all loaded import containers bound to the U.S. These seals must meet or exceed the current ISO-PAS 17712 standards for high security seals.
We have provided a link to the Customs and Border Protection website for more information on this subject. If you have any questions concerning container security, please give us a call at 602-273-0912.
Please follow the links for videos produced by Customs/C-TPAT for container security:
C-TPAT: Container Inspection
C-TPAT: Seal and Container Door Security
C-TPAT: Working Together