What is CTPAT?

CTPAT stands for Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism and is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Launched in 2001 as a result of the 09/11 attacks, the program aims to partner with the business community to protect the supply chain and fight against terrorism by securing all goods that are imported into the U.S.

CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership, between the CBP and the main stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. It aims to identify security gaps, protect the supply chain, and implement appropriate safety measures and industry’s best practices.

CTPAT Benefits

In addition to identifying and mitigating internal security vulnerabilities and risks, partners in the CTPAT program enjoy additional benefits, such as:

  • Reduced number of CBP examinations
  • Front of the line inspections
  • Shorter wait times at the border
  • Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company
  • Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes at the land borders
  • Importer eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA)

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