CTPAT Partners streamline customs while increasing security

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Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) was introduced in 2001 to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. CTPAT provides the highest level of cargo security through close cooperation with importers, carriers, consolidators, manufacturers, and licensed customs brokers like ITC Diligence.

CTPAT Partners agree to protect the supply chain, identify security gaps, and implement specific security measures and best practices. Applicants must address a broad range of security topics and present security profiles that list action plans to align security throughout the supply chain.

CTPAT members are of low risk and are therefore less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry.

Some of the benefits of the CTPAT program include:
1. Reduced number of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) examinations.
2. Front of the line inspections.
3. Shorter wait times at the border.
4. Supply Chain Security Specialist assigned to each partner.
5. Access to the CTPAT web-based Portal system.
6. Recognition as a trusted Partner by Customs administrators.
7. Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs.
8. Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack.
9. Participation in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA).
10. Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise.

If you have questions or comments about CTPAT Programs or any trade customs topic, please send them our way. You can connect with the ITC-Diligence team at www.ftzconsultants.com/contact/ or David Harlow at drharlow@ftzconsultants.com or (626) 333-3822. And be sure to follow ITC-Diligence for International Trade and Customs updates and best-practices.