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CTPAT Certification

CTPAT Certification 

*CTPAT Security Profile Unavailable March 1- June 1

The CTPAT Security Profile will be unavailable for updates and/or submissions starting March 1, 2020 through June 1, 2020.  CTPAT will be updating the Security Profile with the new Minimum Security Criteria (MSC). Please disregard a due date during this time frame and check back after June 1, 2020.

CTPAT Certification

What is CTPAT?

Directly from the CTPAT website, “Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (CTPAT) is but one layer in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy. Through this program, CBP works with the trade community to strengthen international supply chains and improve United States border security. CTPAT is a voluntary public-private sector partnership program which recognizes that CBP can provide the highest level of cargo security only through close cooperation with the principle stakeholders of the 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.”

CTPAT Benefits

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

 

Visit CTPAT Website

How to Apply

An importer or exporter can apply for CTPAT certification on its own or hire a professional.  Scarbrough Consulting, Inc. is known for its expertise in global supply chain and finding ways importers and exporters can mitigate costs, risk and add to their bottom line. Scarbrough provides exceptional knowledge and experience to deliver and assist in the ultimate decisions for organizations of any size.  Although U.S. Customs Compliance is the core of Scarbrough Consulting, our expert team also provides consulting for supply chain optimization including import and export transportation, data analysis, NAFTA and FTZ qualification, as well as CTPAT certification.  Please email consulting@scarbrough-intl.com if you’re interested in a FREE 30-minute consultation or fill out the form below.

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About Scarbrough

The Scarbrough Group of Companies, headquartered in Kansas City with local presence in every major port in the world, is a complete international and domestic supply chain service provider, offering U.S., Mexican, and Canadian Customs brokerage, Import & Export Transportation Solutions, Domestic brokerage and asset-based trucking, Warehouse fulfillment and distribution services, Trade Compliance Consulting, Large Equipment and Project Cargo moves, as well as Parcel Audit Savings.  Scarbrough is widely known for its trade experts, training, personalized customer service, customized solutions, and data analytics tools.  Since 1984, Scarbrough has continued to satisfy its clients by following its motto on a daily basis: “It is our job to make your job easier.”  Moreover, our team of experts is available at your disposal.  We offer free consultations on any topic from supply chain optimization and duty savings opportunities to the basics, helping to guide new importers and exporters as they jump into the world of global trade.  Contact us now.