C-TPAT is a joint government-business initiative to build cooperative relationships that strengthen the overall supply chain and US border security. C-TPAT applies to US importers, carriers, custom brokers, manufacturers, etc.
With C-TPAT, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is asking businesses to ensure the integrity of their security practices and communicate their security guidelines to their business partners within their supply chain.


  • 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.