Exporters have a responsibility for the security of our Nation's Borders.

As International Trade Volume increases, the burden of security in the United States continues to rise. Millions of containers are from our country every day to Nations around the world. Exporters are required to ensure that American goods and technologies are not being sent to bad people in bad places. The threat of terrorism is real.

United States Exporters are under obligation to follow federal regulations as they relate to exports. To aid in the exporting of good, CBP has recently made the C-TPAT program available to Exporters. Exporters are encouraged to participate in C-TPAT and are rewarded for doing so. As companies look to expand their global footprint and increase supply chain efficiency, C-TPAT is a powerful tool they now have access to.  At SGT, we help answer some of the most common questions and have the resources to help Exporters become C-TPAT Certified. 

What are the requirements?

  1. Be an active U.S. Exporter out of the United States.
  2. Have a business office staffed in the U.S.
  3. Be an active U.S. Exporter with a documentable
    1. Employer Identification Number (EIN), or
    2. Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number.
  4. Have a documented export security program and a designated officer or manager who will act as the C-TPAT program main point of contact.  Additionally the participant should have an alternate point of contact should the designated point of contact be unavailable.
  5. Commit to maintaining the C-TPAT supply chain security criteria as outlined in the C- TPAT Exporter agreement.
  6. Create and provide CBP with a C-TPAT supply chain security profile which identifies how the Exporter will meet, maintain, and enhance internal policy to meet the C-TPAT Exporter security criteria.
  7. In order to be eligible the Exporter must have an acceptable level of compliance for export reporting for the latest 12-month period and be in good standing with U.S. Regulatory Bodies such as: Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of Treasury, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Department of Defense.

each eligible Importer should review the security criteria.

Costs and timelines are the next concern.

C-TPAT Members are 5 times less likely to be examined than non C-TPAT members
— U.S. Customs and Border Patrol