Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT)

What is C-TPAT?

Importref has created timesaving tools for companies participating in C-TPAT. For access to our C-TPAT Tool Kit, click the Products link.

C-TPAT is a voluntary government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen and improve overall international supply chain and U.S. border security.

C-TPAT recognizes that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the ultimate owners of the international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers.

Through C-TPAT, CBP is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate and verify the security guidelines of their business partners within the supply chain.




How Does a Company Join C-TPAT?

A company submits an application to CBP requesting participation in C-TPAT. An agreement is completed committing the company to conduct a comprehensive self-assessment of their international supply chain according to C-TPAT criteria.


Why Join C-TPAT?

Expedited Customs clearance

Fewer Customs Exams

Reduced Importer Security Filing Penalties for C-TPAT participants

Preferred status following port security incident

Access to a Customís C-TPAT Supply Chain Security Specialist (SCSS)

C-TPAT information is also available at CBPís web site www.cbp.gov.


Importref provides tools for companies participating in C-TPAT. Please also visit our site Import to the U.S.

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