C-TPAT Certification

C-TPAT Certification

The advanced unlading process will be available to sea carriers in 10 seaports throughout the U.S. The process will potentially save time for sea carriers in the C-TPAT program and allow CBP to better focus our resources. See the FAQ and PowerPoint presentation in the sidebar for additional information about this exciting new benefit.

C-TPAT is but one layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. C-TPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 provided a statutory framework for the C-TPAT program and imposed strict program oversight requirements.

Benefit of C-TPAT Certification

  • C-TPAT certification results in a dramatically lower number of CBP inspections, resulting in reduced border
    delay times.
  • Eligibility for the FAST program.
  • Priority processing for CBP inspections. (Front of the Line processing for inspections when possible.)
  • Assignment of a C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist.
  • Potential eligibility for CBP Importer Self-Assessment program (ISA) with an emphasis on self-policing, not
    CBP audits.
  • Opportunity to attend C-TPAT security seminars.
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