CTPAT is a voluntary U.S. Customs and Border Patrol security program, aimed at reducing supply chain exposure to terrorist events, or other illegal activities like human trafficking. From its inception in 2001, shippers can apply for the program to partner with US Customs and Boarder Patrol to increase cargo security with their international supply chain such as importers, carriers, consolidators, licensed customs brokers, and manufacturers. The Security and Accountability for Every Port Act of 2006 provided a statutory framework for the CTPAT program and imposed strict program oversight requirements.
A few of the major benefits of being CTPAT certified are; facing fewer cargo inspections at border crossings, shorter border crossing wait times, and front of line inspection privileges, and other benefits a as well. CTPAT members are considered to be of low risk, and are therefore less likely to be examined at a U.S. port of entry.
CTPAT partners agree to implement a set of minimum-security criteria and be certified and validated by the CBP agency. The process begins online at cbp.gov. and usually takes 9 months to a year to complete.
Ark can help you through every stage of a new CTPAT application or help already certified companies update to new requirements and maintain their certification. Contact Ark today to learn how we can help.