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
  • Protect Your Business Investment and Country

For detailed information on C-TPAT, CBP’s web site is http://www.cbp.gov

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