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.
C-TPAT offers trade-related businesses an opportunity to play an
active role in the war against terrorism. By participating in this
first worldwide supply chain security initiative, companies will
ensure a more secure and expeditious supply chain for their
employees, suppliers and customers. Beyond these essential security
benefits, CBP will offer benefits to certain certified C-TPAT member
- A reduced number of CBP inspections
(reduced border delay times)
- Priority processing for CBP
inspections. (Front of the Line processing for inspections when
- Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain
Security Specialist (SCSS) who will work with the company to
validate and enhance security throughout the company’s
international supply chain.
- Potential eligibility for CBP Importer
Self-Assessment program (ISA) with an emphasis on self-policing,
not CBP audits.
- Eligibility to attend C-TPAT supply
chain security training seminars.
CBP recognizes that a safe and secure supply chain is the most
critical part of our work in keeping our country safe. For this
reason, CBP is seeking a strong anti-terrorism partnership with the
trade community through C-TPAT. Trade partners will have a
commitment to both trade security and trade compliance rooted in
their business practices. CBP wants to work closely with companies
whose good business practices ensure supply chain security and
compliance with trade laws.
CBP encourages all companies to take an active role in promoting
supply chain and border security. C-TPAT is not just a big-company
program. Medium and small companies may want to evaluate the
requirements and benefits of C-TPAT carefully in deciding whether to
apply for the program. Moreover, even without official participation
in C-TPAT, companies should still consider employing C-TPAT
guidelines in their security practices.