Rail Carriers have a measurable impact on the Security of United States borders.

As Inter-modal Volume increases, the burden of security in the United States continues to rise. Every day, many containers come in and out of our country via inter-modal transportation.

Rail carriers are under increasing pressure from their clients to become C-TPAT Certified. At SGT, we help answer some of the most common questions and have the resources to help Rail Carriers become C-TPAT Certified. 

What are the requirements?

  1. Be an active Rail Carrier transporting shipments from Canada or Mexico.
  2. Have at least one business office staffed in the U.S., Canada, or Mexico.
  3. Have an active U.S. National Motor Freight Traffic Association issued Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC) in the following format: #### SCAC Code (4 Alpha Characters)
  4. Possess a valid common carrier bond registered with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (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 C-TPAT Rail Carrier agreement.
  7. Create and provide CBP with a C-TPAT supply chain security profile, which identifies how the Rail Carrier will meet, maintain and enhance internal policies to meet the C-TPAT Rail Carrier Standards.

each eligible carrier 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