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 […]


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 […]

Threat Awareness Training

Norman Jaspan Associates, Inc. employs a novel approach to facilitate and implement the requirements for CTPAT Threat Awareness Training. This approach includes both on site and online training in order to respond to the CTPAT Minimum Security Requirements: Is your company meeting its CTPAT obligation by offering training to assist employees in maintaining cargo integrity, […]

CTPAT Background Checks

Supply Chain Security Specialists (SCSS’s) have been asking the following Human Resources related questions during the CTPAT validation phase: Do you have an employment application and a written release & consent form completed by the applicant? Have you hired anyone since you started the CTPAT process? Have you conducted a through background check, which includes […]

Annual Security Profile Review

(Conduct Yearly Self Assessment) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) states that a CTPAT participant will conduct a yearly “security self- assessment” approximately one year after becoming CTPAT certified. This process is now referred to as an “annual security profile review” (ASPR). The Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS) uses the ASPR to prepare for future […]

Threat Awareness Training

Is your company meeting its CTPAT obligation by offering training to “assist employees in maintaining cargo integrity, recognizing internal conspiracies, and protecting access controls?”* Does your company have a threat awareness program to “recognize and foster awareness of the threat posed by terrorists at each point of the supply chain?”* Is your company’s threat awareness […]