U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) developed the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) due to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. This voluntary program called on members of the trade community to help Customs develop guidelines to strengthen supply chain security worldwide. While there have been minor updates and changes in the program, the first significant revision was the Minimum Security Criteria (MSC), published in May 2019. The revision resulted from a two-year collaboration between the CCOAC (Commercial Customs Operations Advisory Committee), CBP and the trade community. The new Minimum Security Criteria was designed to address the current challenges faced on a global level.
The Minimum Security Criteria updates contain five new areas of focus, outlined below:
The Minimum Security Criteria also includes a new “risk-based approach” to the categories in the program. Some categories are classified as a “must” and some as a ”should;” however, CTPAT participants must address all criteria.
Validations under the new criteria are being phased in for 2020/2021 validations. Each CTPAT participant will be affected differently by these updated MSC’s but will be responsible for communicating the changes to their foreign partners, local warehouse facilities and every party in between.
If you are looking for more information about the CTPAT program, you can find updated information that corresponds with your role in the supply chain by visiting their website.
Ascent Global Logistics is a proud member of the CTPAT Broker and Consolidator sectors and has participated in the program since 2003. This month, we celebrate our involvement in CTPAT, and we encourage others to participate.
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