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Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer in U.S. Customs multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program CBP partners with the trade community to strengthen the international supply chains and improve United States border security. CBP 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.
From its inception in November 2001, CBP CTPAT continued to grow. Today, more than 12,000 plus 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 CBP CTPAT Works
When an entity joins CBP 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. CBP CTPAT members are considered low risk, and are therefore less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry.
CBP CTPAT Benefits
CBP 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 their own security vulnerabilities and take corrective actions to mitigate risks. Some of the benefits of the program are:
Reduced number of CBP examinations
Front of the line inspections
Possible exemptions from Stratified Exams
Shorter wait times at the boarder
Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company
Access to the Free and Secure (FAST) Lanes at the land borders
Access to the CBP CTPAT web-based Portal System and a library of training materials
Possibility of enjoying additional benefits by being recognized as a trusted trade Partner by foreign Customs administrations that have signed Mutual Recognition with the United States
Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s Secure Supply Chain program
Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack
Importer eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment program
Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise
C-TPAT Consulting, LLC. Can Help Your Company
Dorsey P. Hunt, Director, C-TPAT Consulting, LLC., has provided CBP CTPAT consulting services for 15 years, since 2005, shortly after the inception of the CBP CTPAT Program in 2001. We believe securing the inbound international supply chain and securing your company's supply chain from point of origin to final destination is a necessity for any company involved in international trade. Our clients include privately owned companies through Fortune 500 companies, manufactures, trucking, sea carriers, NVOCC's, consolidators, importers, freight forwarders and customs brokers.