Should Your Business Become a C-TPAT Member?

November 1, 2010, 9:27 AM

C-TPAT membership is open to the following types of businesses: U.S. Importers of Record, U.S./Canada Highway Carriers, U.S./Mexico Highway Carriers, Rail Carriers, Sea Carriers, Air Carriers, U.S. Marine Port Authority/Terminal Operators, U.S. Air Freight Consolidators, Ocean Transportation Intermediaries and Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers, Mexican and Canadian Manufacturers, Certain Invited Foreign Manufacturers, Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers, Third Party Logistics Providers, and Long Haul Highway Carriers in Mexico.

All large scale businesses should strongly consider applying for C-TPAT status. Medium and small businesses, after evaluating the costs and benefits, may also discover that it is worthwhile to join C-TPAT. It may not be cost-effective for your business to implement the C-TPAT minimum security criteria. On the other hand, you may find that your business is already utilizing the required security criteria and membership is only a matter of submitting the required application documents, which include submission of corporate information, a supply chain security profile, and an acknowledgement of an agreement to voluntarily participate. The C-TPAT minimum security criteria are listed at http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/trade/cargo_security/ctpat/. --R. Ellen Coley