Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT)is a valuable program that helps U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other government entities battle terrorism, security breaches and cargo disruptions by working with trading partners worldwide. CTPAT invites trading partners to participate, seeking members who are already implementing security in their supply chain and those who have had no significant security-related breach. Importers who are interested in the program should meet the following requirements:
Becoming a CTPAT Partner is voluntary and has no costs associated with joining the program. The application process is online and CTPAT customs officers provide guidance to help each business determine eligibility for the program. Once the program is established within a company, CTPAT certification is renewed annually and validated on-site every three to four years. Additional information can be found on CTPAT’s website.
As of 2020, CTPAT developed an updated Minimum Security Criteria for U.S. Importers that includes a focus on:
The Importer’s primary CTPAT officer should work with their team to develop processes for each of these areas, monitoring and improving each one as necessary. CTPAT is not a “one-man” show but incorporates people and processes from every part of the business organization.
Active members of CTPAT may enjoy a variety of benefits, including:
CTPAT exists and thrives through partnerships with each touchpoint in a supply chain. The end goal of CTPAT is security; the security of cargo, the security of the various transport modes, but most importantly, the security of people here and abroad.
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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