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 […]

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 […]

The Urgency to Join

Custom Brokers, NVOCC’s and Freight Forwarders Urge Clients to Join When the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program (“CTPAT”) was launched in April 16, 2002 by Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), most companies viewed the voluntary effort to protect the import supply chain as any other CBP initiative. Today, the importer joins the CTPAT program […]

Container Seal Regulation

IMPORTERS FACE PENALTIES IF THEY FAIL TO MEET NEW CONTAINER SEAL REQUIREMENTS Effective October 15, 2008, a new seal requirement was instituted by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP), specifying that all ocean containers entering the United States be secured with a high-security seal meeting ISO 17712 :2013 standards (International Organization for Standardization Publicly Available […]

Canadian/Mexican Highway Carriers

The CTPAT program is: A Requirement for the Free and Secure Trade (“FAST”) program. The FAST program is a bilateral initiative between the United States and Canada, and between the United States and Mexico designed to ensure security and safety. Two of the benefits of FAST are:A) Using dedicated lanes for greater speed and efficiency […]


How Foreign Supply Chain Business Partners (Suppliers/Manufacturers, Foreign Consolidators/Stuffing Facilities, Trucking Companies) Meet CTPAT Requirements & Prepare for CTPAT Visit On April 16, 2002 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) launched the Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program (“CTPAT”). The validation phase has changed significantly since you were initially certified. As the CTPAT program benefits […]