Supply Chain Security

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

What is C-TPAT?

Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is a federal government program set up by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that allows companies shipping goods and materials into the country to become certified as a low-risk security threat. Certification means that cargo can move more quickly through US customs checkpoints.

These voluntary government sponsored initiatives such as CTPAT, Organization de los Estados Americanos OEA Mexico, Authorized Economic Operator AEO Europe and Asia and Partners in Protection (PIP) are cooperative programs aimed at strengthening and improving international supply chains for better border security. CBP is one of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's largest and most complex components, with a priority mission of keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the US.

To be CTPAT certified or compliant, a supply chain partner must meet the Minimum-Security requirements as defined by CBP by answering a set of questions applied via a questionnaire.

Securing the Global Supply Chain

Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security.

C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.

Through this initiative, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain. A third-party C-TPAT audit will ensure the security of your supply chain, verify your compliance, and improve U.S. border security.

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