C-TPAT refers to the Customs-Trade Partnership against Terrorism. It was launched in November 2011. The aim of C-TPAT is to protect the products from the terrorist attack and helps to protect the supply chain. C-TPAT recognizes that CBP can provide highest level of security. It helps to identify the security gaps and implement best practices and security measure. It ensures the integrity of their security practices.


  • increase your sales – C-TPAT certified companies must use other c-tpat certified companies as their business partners whenever possible
  • increased security of your supply chain, your facilities and your asset
  • be an active participant in the war on terror & the war on drugs
  • importers – your containers go to the front of the line
  • importers – fewer container inspections
  • importers – fewer inspections in foreign ports with CBP CSI presence
  • cross-border highway carriers – eligible for “fast” program
  • NVOCC’s & customs brokers – retain c-tpat certified customers
  • mexican manufacturers – reduce theft & increase security
  • canadian manufacturers – reduce theft & increase security

Who qualifies for c-tpat certification?

  • Licensed U.S. customs brokers
  • Ocean transportation intermediaries & non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCC)
  • U.S. importers of record
  • U.S. / Canada highway carriers
  • U.S. / mexico highway carriers
  • Rail carriers
  • Sea carriers
  • Air carriers
  • U.S. freight consolidators
  • Certain invited foreign manufacturers
  • Mexican and canadian manufacturers
  • Long haul carriers in mexico
  • Third party logistics providers (3pl) – assets and international influence required
  • Your company type isn’t listed? “C-TPAT compliant” is the right choice for you