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Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. August 3, 2006. C-TPAT. Voluntary supply chain security program started by CBP after terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001 Company joined in February 2003 Benefits to Company are: Reduced inspections by CBP Expedited shipments through the FAST program

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C tpat

  • Voluntary supply chain security program started by CBP after terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001

  • Company joined in February 2003

  • Benefits to Company are:

    • Reduced inspections by CBP

    • Expedited shipments through the FAST program

    • More dependable supply chain

    • Compliance with our customers’ requirements

Who can join c tpat
Who Can Join C-TPAT?

  • Importers

  • Brokers

  • US/Canada Highway carriers

  • US/Mexico Highway carriers

  • NVOCCs, consolidators

  • Air carriers

  • Rail carriers

  • Sea carriers

  • Mexican manufacturers

  • Certain invited foreign manufacturers

C tpat security requirements
C-TPAT Security Requirements

  • Seven primary areas of supply chain security

    • Physical controls

      • Container Security

      • Physical Access Controls

      • Physical Security

    • Internal Supply Chain Management Practices

      • Personnel Security

      • Procedural Security

      • Information Technology Security

    • Business Partner Requirements

      • C-TPAT Partners and non-C-TPAT Partners

Physical controls
Physical Controls

  • Container/trailer security

    • Includes container/trailer seals

      • Seals should be stored in a secure area

      • One or two people should handle seals

      • Record seal numbers used for shipments

    • Location containers or trailers are stored

      • Should be in an enclosed, secure area

      • Trailer locations should be tracked

    • Inspection prior to loading

      • Use the 7-point inspection process

      • Document the trailer inspection

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Physical Controls

  • Physical access controls

    • Employee identification and access

      • Employees should wear their badges at all times

      • Access to shipping and receiving areas should be limited to employees who need to be there

    • Visitor identification

      • All visitors must sign in and obtain a visitors badge

      • Visitors should be escorted while in the building

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Physical Controls

  • Physical security

    • Fencing

      • Perimeter controls to keep unauthorized people from having access to your trailers or building

    • Locks and alarms

      • Keep unauthorized people out of secure areas

      • If an emergency door is opened, an alarm should sound

    • Cameras

      • Show people arriving and leaving

      • Show shipping and receiving areas

Internal supply chain management practices
Internal Supply Chain Management Practices

  • Personnel Security

    • Pre-employment screening

    • On-going background checks

    • Watching for suspicious behavior or activity

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Internal Supply Chain Management Practices

  • Procedural Security

    • Document control

      • Limited access to blank forms and completed document storage

    • Shipping and receiving controls

      • Discrepancy reports and follow-up

    • Report threats and suspicious shipments

    • Security training

  • Information Technology Security

    • Password protection

    • Limit access to data storage areas

Business partner requirements
Business Partner Requirements

  • C-TPAT certification – OR -

  • Other security certification – AND -

  • Comply with C-TPAT importer security criteria

  • Applies to

    • Suppliers who import raw materials, equipment, tooling used in production, etc.

    • Suppliers who ship directly from overseas to Company locations worldwide

    • Customs Brokers

    • Freight Forwarders

    • International carriers

Company business partner requirements implementation
Company Business Partner Requirements Implementation

  • Letter will be sent to every supplier asking

    • Are you an importer?

    • Are you a member of C-TPAT?

  • If supplier is a C-TPAT member, send me their SVI number

  • If not

    • Complete security checklist

    • Send letter signed by Corporate officer stating agreement to comply with C-TPAT requirements

    • List other security programs in which they currently participate

Risk based approach
Risk-Based Approach

  • Rate suppliers based on:

    • Availability of product (single source)

    • Type of merchandise

    • Location of shipment origin

    • Location of receiving facility

    • Volume of business

    • Number of plants served

    • Past experience with supplier

Security checklist
Security Checklist

  • Review with suppliers

  • Key requirements

    • Business partner requirements

    • Threat awareness and suspicious shipment training

    • Physical access controls

  • C-TPAT Checklist.xls

C tpat web portal
C-TPAT Web Portal

  • Completion required by October 1st

  • C-TPAT, Security Profile

C tpat best practices
C-TPAT Best Practices

  • Team Approach

  • Container inspection

  • Trailer/container seals

  • More best practices are available at:

Team approach to security management
Team Approach to Security Management

  • Set up a multi-functional security team to handle C-TPAT implementation and application.

  • Members could include:

    • Purchasing

    • Sales

    • Logistics

    • Warehouse

    • Human Resources

    • IT

    • Engineering

Container inspection
Container Inspection

Before loading conduct a 7-point inspection of the container

Front Wall – measure distance inside and out

7 point container inspection
7-point container inspection

  • Walls (right side and left side)

  • Ceiling and roof

Check right side and left side of walls

Look for irregularly spaced panels in ceiling

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7-point container inspection

  • Outside/undercarriage

Check for compartments under trailer and in landing gear

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7-point container inspection

  • Floor

Check for holes in floor or difference in the wear or age of the wood

Concealment methods
Concealment methods

  • Money leaving US

  • Drugs/WMD entering US

Check the roof
Check the roof

  • Drugs found inside a false roof on a trailer

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Concealment methods

  • Drugs concealed inside patio bricks

Container trailer seals
Container/Trailer Seals

Container/Trailer Seal Selection

  • Seals must meet or exceed ISO PAS 17712 for high security seals

  • High security seal types include

    • Bolt seals

    • Cable seals

Seal types
Seal Types

Cable seals must be made of braided cable that will fray when cut

Container seal use
Container seal use

Hasp is not used as seal point

Cable seal is place around the keeper bars.

Cable is pulled tight and lock is flush against door.

Trailer seal use and control
Trailer Seal Use and Control

  • Seals must be kept in a secure location

  • Access to seals should be limited to one or two people only

  • Each seal used must be tracked when shipping and upon receipt

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C-TPAT Best Practices

For more C-TPAT best practices, look for the C-TPAT Best Practices Catalog at

How to apply for c tpat
How to Apply for C-TPAT

  • All applications must be submitted online

  • Online application available at

  • Information required:

    • Importer of Record number

    • Company information

    • Point of Contact must be officer of the company

  • You will be contacted by CBP within a few days to submit your security profile

Any questions

Any questions??

For more information, contact