C-TPAT Certification

C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism), launched in November 2001, is a voluntary government-business partnership program designed to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security.

Through the program, US CBP works closely with C-TPAT partners such as importers, exporters, carriers, freight forwarders, consolidators, customs brokers, and manufacturers to improve systems of security and supply chain efficiency. C-TPAT partners must be eligible and comply with the C-TPAT security criteria throughout their supply chain. Today, more than 11,400 certified partners have been accepted into the program.

Benefits of C-TPAT Certification

  • Front of the line processing
  • Reduced number of CBP examinations
  • Shorter wait times at the border
  • Penalty mitigation

C-TPAT certified partners are considered to be of low risk and are therefore less likely to be examined at a US Port of entry.

  • Makes company more competitive
  • Enhance marketing opportunities
  • Protects company’s brand image
  • Enhances security in supply chain
  • Improve risk management system

C-TPAT partners enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • Front of the line processing
  • Reduced number of CBP examination
  • Shorter wait times at the border
  • Penalty mitigation
  • Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lanes
  • Stratified exam benefit for importer partners
  • Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack
  • Expedite trade processing
  • Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) to each partner
  • Access to the C-TPAT web-based portal system and a library of training materials
  • Eligibility to attend C-TPAT ‘s annual conference
  • Importer eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA)
  • 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
  • Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise (CEE)

Enrollment into the C-TPAT is open to the following business sectors:

  • US Importers
  • US Exporters
  • Consolidators/NVOCC
  • Licensed Customs Brokers
  • Third Party Logistics Providers
  • US/Canada Highway Carriers
  • US/Mexico Highway Carriers
  • Mexico Long Haul Highway Carriers
  • Rail, Sea, and Air Carriers
  • US Marine Port Authority/Terminal Operators
  • Mexican and Canadian Manufacturers



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