Importers are directly involved in fighting the war on terror.

As International Trade Volume increases, the burden of security in the United States continues to rise. Millions of containers are imported into our country every day from Nations around the world.

United States Importers are encouraged to participate in C-TPAT and are turning up the pressure to ensure their business partners become C-TPAT Certified. At SGT, we help answer some of the most common questions and have the resources to help Importers become C-TPAT Certified. 

What are the requirements?

  1. Be an active U.S. Importer or Non-Resident Canadian Importer into the United States.
  2. Have a business office staffed in the United States or Canada.
  3. Have an active U.S. importer of record ID in either of the following formats: U.S. Social Security Number, U.S. Internal Revenue Service assigned ID(s), or CBP assigned Importer ID
  4. Possess a valid continuous import bond registered with CBP.
  5. Have a designated company officer that will be the primary cargo security officer responsible for C-TPAT.
  6. Commit to maintaining the C-TPAT supply chain security criteria as outlined in the CTPAT Importer agreement.
  7. Create and provide CBP with a C-TPAT supply chain security profile, which identifies how the Importer will meet, maintain, and enhance internal policy to meet the C-TPAT Importer security criteria.

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