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 […]

Minimum Security Criteria

Minimum Security Criteria for Importers Some actors in the supply chain are able to better influence their business partners’ security practices. Importers are the driving force in the importation process and have the leverage to require that their business partners comply with CTPAT’s MSC. Regardless of how much leverage a Member has in regard to […]

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 17712 :2013 standards (International Organization for Standardization Publicly Available […]