Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

USA FlagCustoms-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a joint initiative between government and business intended to build cooperative relationships that strengthen the security of the overall international supply chain of goods entering the United States while enhancing the legitimate flow of trade. C-TPAT is a voluntary program that requires participants to assess and document current practices and to evolve and communicate new practices that ensure enhanced security throughout the supply chain.


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By participating in C-TPAT, companies are offered an opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism. Membership will ensure a more secure supply chain for their employees, suppliers, and customers. Additional benefits of joining C-TPAT include:

  • Reduced number of inspections (reduced border delay times)
  • Priority processing for CBP inspections
  • Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist who will work with the company to validate and enhance security through the company's international supply chain
  • Potential eligibility for CBP Importer self-Assessment program with an emphasis on self-policing, not CBP audits
  • Eligibility to attend C-TPAT supply chain security training seminars
  • Dedicated commercial lanes where infrastructure permits (FAST)
  • Eligibility to participate in future programs that may only be available to C-TPAT members

Businesses must apply to participate in C-TPAT. Participants from different arenas of the supply chain have similar, but specific minimum security criteria. You are encouraged to apply to participate in C-TPAT, whether third party logistics provider, an importer, carrier, customs broker, warehouse operator, or a manufacturer.

Applicants will be required to complete an agreement with Customs that commits them to a number of requirements and actions, which can be found on the Customs website as linked below.

C-TPAT benefits only begin once Customs has completed a company risk assessment encompassing both security and trade compliance. For more information, please see the Customs and Border Protection C-TPAT web-links:

Pacific Customs Brokers Inc. offers a series of Trade Compliance Seminars on topics varying from U.S. and Canadian Customs Compliance, NAFTA Rules of Origin, Harmonized System Tariff and Classification Workshop, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Canadian Food Inspection Agency and more. Each of our Trade Compliance Seminars provides a brief overview of C-TPAT (Customs - Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) and what your company can do to participate.