Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)
A voluntary United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) business initiative designed to encourage importers, carriers, brokers, warehouse operators and manufacturers to ensure the integrity of the supply chain by strengthening their security practices and communicating their security guidelines to their business partners within the supply chain.
Individual businesses must apply to CBP to participate. Accepted participants must sign an agreement that commits them to the following actions:
- Conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of their supply chain security using C-TPAT security guidelines.
- Submit a supply chain security profile questionnaire to CBP.
- Develop and implement a program to enhance security throughout their supply chain in accordance with C-TPAT guidelines.
- Communicate C-TPAT guidelines to other companies in their supply chain and work toward building the guidelines into relationships with these companies.
C-TPAT offers businesses and opportunity to play an active role in the war against terrorism. By participating in this first worldwide supply chain security initiative, companies will ensure a more secure supply chain for their employees, suppliers and customers. Beyond these essential security benefits, CBP will offer other potential benefits to C-TPAT members, including:
- Expedited release of cargo
- A reduced number of inspections (reduced border times)
- Eligibility for account-based processes (e.g., bimonthly/monthly payments)
- An emphasis on self-policing, not CBP verifications
For ongoing information and updates on the C-TPAT program, go to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Web site at www.cbp.gov.