C-TPAT – Customs – Trade Partnership against Terrorism


C-TPAT is a supply chain security program led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), this program mainly focuses on improving the security of private companies’ supply chains with respect to terrorism. To attain the C-TPAT certification, an organization should have documented information regarding determining and alleviating risk throughout their international supply chain. Such documentation allows organization to be tagged as low risk, which as a result expedites the processing of their cargo with fewer custom examinations.


What procedures do you define for C-TPAT Certification

Some common procedures that an organization must define if they are going for C-TPAT certification are:

  • Container Security
  • Business Partner Requirements
  • Physical Access Controls Security
  • Physical Access Controls ID’s
  • Personnel Security
  • Cargo Marking & Document Protection
  • Courier & USPS Security
  • Reporting Suspicious Activity
  • Continual Evolution Of Security Change= Hard Target
  • Recognizing Potential Security Risks
  • Internal Conspiracy Here & There
  • Securing the Supply Chain – What can we/you do?