The Customs Commercial Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is only one component of the United States' multi-layered cargo control strategy (CBP). As part of this program, CBP works with the business community to strengthen international supply chains and improve U.S. border security.
CTPTC is a voluntary public-private partnership program that recognizes that CBP can only provide the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with key players in the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers and manufacturers.
When an entity joins CTPAT, an agreement is reached to work with CBP to protect the supply chain, identify security breaches and implement specific security measures and best practices. Applicants must cover a wide range of security-related topics and submit security profiles with action plans to align security across the supply chain.
CTPAT members are considered low risk and are therefore less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry.
You are certain to meet the requirements necessary to maintain your CTPAT membership.
You can be confident that security standards are being met by your supply chain trading partners, and that your goods and associated documents are protected.
You maintain your reputation with customs authorities as a safe and low-risk business that benefits from a reduction in the number of inspections and a faster flow of low-risk goods across the border.