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 […]

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 […]

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/ PAS 17712 standards (International Organization for Standardization Publicly Available […]

CTPAT Certification

The Process Does Not End Here When the CTPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) applicant submits its company profile and security profile to the CTPAT Security Link Portal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, (CBP) has up to 90 days to respond with an account status of “Certified” or “Rejected.” After submission of the company profile […]

CTPAT Benefits

Why Companies Join CTPAT Reduced CBP Inspections Expedite processing and reduce the number of U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) inspections and audits of cargo entering the U.S. from overseas. This reduces the risk of cancelled orders by customers. Below are the CBP-issued statistics for 2008. Fewer Inspections (2008 CBP Statistics) Ocean Containers Inspected: 1 out of […]