CTPAT Movement of Cargo

Dear Import Supply-Chain Business Partner: Our company is participating in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program.  CTPAT is a voluntary, joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen the overall supply chain and border security.  Every company that is involved in manufacturing, logistics, distribution or supply chain management will be impacted by ongoing […]

CTPAT Suspension and Removal

Suspension and  Removal A CTPAT SUSPENSION can eventually result in a Reinstatement or a Removal from the CTPAT Program. A suspension is a temporary loss of a Partner’s program benefits. A CTPAT member may be SUSPENDED from the program if: Failure to adhere to the CTPAT Partner Agreement Failure to meet the minimum security criteria […]


5SRAP-5Step Risk Assessment ATS-Automated Target System ASPR-Annual Security Profile Review CBP-Customs & Border Protection CTPAT – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism FCL-Full Container FPFO-Fines, Penalties and Forfeiture Officer FSCBP-Foreign Supply Chain Business Partner IOR-Importer of Record Number ISA-Importer Self-Assessment Program LCL-Less than full container MID-Manufacturer Identification Code MR-Mutual Recognition NJA-Norman Jaspan Associates, Inc. POC-Point of […]

CTPAT 15 Years Later

It has been 15 years since the CTPAT program was launched. Where is the CTPAT program today? 1) PRESSURE TO JOIN-There is greater pressure for the supplier to join the CTPAT program, as a pre-condition for doing business, by many CTPAT companies, some of which are importers and/or exporters, and especially the big retailers. No […]

CTPAT Enrollment, Validation, and Revalidation

Joining CTPAT In order to understand the CTPAT program, you must first determine if your company is eligible to join. If you are eligible to join, you must review the benefits of the program as well as the minimum security requirements in order to determine if the CTPAT program is meant for your company. If […]

CTPAT Insurance Bonds

Air freight consolidators, ocean transportation intermediaries and non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC) must possess a valid continuous international carrier bond and/or in bond/export consolidator bond (IBEC) registered with US Customs & Border Protection (CBP). The types of bonds are as follows: An NVOCC must possess a Type 3 International Carrier Bond – Minimum amount is […]

Audits, Background Checks, and Assessments

Internal/External Audit U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) states that a CTPAT member, regardless of its Tier level (1, 2 or 3) must conduct a routine internal security audit on all security measures used to secure its international supply chain. The audit will ensure that these measures are carried out consistently and effectively. Furthermore, an […]

Preparing for China Validation

Custom and Border Protection (CBP) notifies CTPAT members, who have all or a majority of their foreign supply chain business partner (FSCBP) in China, when they have been selected to be part of the joint validation process with CBP and the Chinese Government. This is in contrast to a non-joint validation which takes place in […]