CTPAT (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism)


CTPAT, an acronym for Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism, seeks to safeguard the world’s trade industry from terrorists, maintaining the economic health of the U.S. and its trading partners. The partnership develops and adopts measures that add security but do not have an adverse effect on trade, a product of years of perfection.

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CTPAT Importer Security Criteria

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CTPAT’s Five Step Risk Assessment

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CTPAT Partners enjoy a variety of benefits, including taking an active role in working closer with the U.S. Government in its war against terrorism. As they do this, Partners are able to better identify their own security vulnerabilities and take corrective actions to mitigate risks. Some of the benefits of the program include:

  • Reduced number of CBP examinations

  • Front of the line inspections

  • Possible exemption from Stratified Exams

  • Shorter wait times at the border

  • Assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to the company

  • Access to the Free and Secure Trade (FAST) Lanes at the land borders

  • Access to the CTPAT web-based Portal system and a library of training materials

  • Possibility of enjoying additional benefits by being recognized as a trusted trade Partner by foreign Customs administrations that have signed Mutual Recognition with the United States

  • Eligibility for other U.S. Government pilot programs, such as the Food and Drug Administration’s Secure Supply Chain program

  • Business resumption priority following a natural disaster or terrorist attack

  • Importer eligibility to participate in the Importer Self-Assessment Program (ISA)

  • Priority consideration at CBP’s industry-focused Centers of Excellence and Expertise

What are the benefits of CTPAT?
Becoming CTPAT Certified

If you are interested in becoming CTPAT certified, please review the following link at the Customs and Border Protection website. After reviewing the website if you have any questions or need assistance in completing the application process, Please contact us directly and we would be more than happy to help help you.



Container Security Initiative

CSI: Container Security Initiative

CSI is a program intended to help increase security for maritime containerized cargo shipped to the United States from around the world. CSI addresses the threat to border security and global trade posed by the potential for terrorist use of a maritime container to deliver a weapon.

If you have information concerning possible terrorist use of shipping containers to smuggle weapons or other items, you may be entitled to a reward for the information provided.
Please email us with your information at: containersecurity@dhs.gov

7535 NW 52nd St, Miami, FL 33166


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