C-TPAT 2001 – Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism


The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary, joint government business partnership for supply chain security & border security program which is led by United State Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  C-TPAT can be applied / implemented to any importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers who wants to trade internationally and mainly into USA. It was drawn with an intent to determine & reduce risk throughout their international supply chain by a standard documented process.

The program has historically been oriented around imports into the United States. Air carriers, consolidators, cross-border highway carriers, marine port authorities, ocean carriers, rail carriers, terminal operators, third party logistics (3PLs) providers, Customs brokers and importers are eligible for C-TPAT certification in the United States.

Initially C-TPAT program was launched in November 2001 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection with initial seven large U.S. companies.The program is of key importance to importers who have derived benefits from the program. In Canada, cross-border or long-haul highway carriers and manufacturers may be C-TPAT certified. Mexican manufacturers and cross-border highway carriers may also be certified.

Applicability (Which organizations can comply to C-TPAT?)

  • Manufacturing units including sub-contractors
  • Any other business units irrespective of nature of business, size and location.

Note : Only companies that are actively supplying amfori BSCI members can be audited according to the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. The audit must be applied for via the amfori BSCI platform and approved by the amfori BSCI member responsible for the supplier

Focus Points – C-TPAT – Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

Principles of C-TPAT Standard

  • Reducing terrorism risk
  • Increasing transparency
  • Prevention of tampering & providing security
  • Providing accountability
  • Establishment of the traceability
  • Prevention on trespassing

The C-TPAT Consists of 11 Security model

  • Requirements for Business Partners
  • Security Procedures
  • Container Security
  • Conveyance Security
  • Less than Truck Load (LTL)
  • Physical Access Controls
  • Personal Security
  • Procedural Security
  • Security Training & Threat Awareness
  • Physical Security
  • Information Technology Security

Benefits of C-TPAT – Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism

  • Business opportunities through amfori bsci platform
  • Recognition of socially compliant organization
  • Opportunity for exports. Supplier Approval by overseas customers
  • Reduce number of CBP examination & exemption form stratified exams
  • Priority processing for CBP inspection
  • Access to free, fast & secure trade along the borders
  • A CBP Security consultant, Supply chain security specialist assigned to the company
  • Access to the CTPAT web-based Portal system and a library of training materials
  • Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Secure Supply Chain (SSC)
  • Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack

C-TPAT – Implementation Process by PQSmitra

PQSmitra Team helps in easy understanding of the C-TPAT requirements and simple methods for practical implementation. The initial review of the existing practices being followed at the organization is performed and road map is prepared for successful audit. 100% documentation support is offered to expedite the implementation process.The implementation process is described below:

  • Initial visits and review of the existing system with respect to C-TPAT Requirements
  • Gap analysis and planning for compliance
  • Documentation including procedures, work instructions etc.
  • Internal audits to verify the compliance prior to final audit
  • Management review
  • C-TPAT audit / verification
  • Closure of non-conformities