CTPAT Certification

For decades, SGT has helped clients gain supply chain security through CTPAT certification.

Company Mission

Secure Global Trade, a division of Star USA, is dedicated to helping companies of all sizes and industries attain & maintain CTPAT certification. SGT solutions are data-driven, evidence-based, cost-effective, and sustainable. Clients coping with all manner of international supply chain complexities trust our specialists to sort through the red tape and deliver tangible results. "CTPAT experts" is a title in which we're confident - because we've been involved with the program since it first launched. Secure Global Trade is commited to being a trusted partner, providing the top quality consulting, training, and resources necessary to give our clients every opportunity to take full advantage of the CTPAT program's many high-value benefits.
Take the first step. You'll be glad you did.
SGT partners benefit from our decades of knowledge and experience in forecasting, diagnosing, and addressing import/export customs clearance issues.
SGT takes the time to truly understand the complex needs, strengths, and risk profiles of each client. CTPAT compliance services are comprehensive and customized to your operation.
SGT can act as both your guide and your voice. Our highly-skilled team assists clients in navigating the complex ever-changing federal regulatory landscape. Count on us for effective solutions to minimize risks, maximize opportunities, and help you gain the most of your CTPAT certification.

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With over 10,000 certified partners worldwide, CTPAT certification is a unique window of opportunity for securing new contracts and business relationships, giving you leverage over non-members, and exclusive access to partners who require CTPAT participation.

CTPAT stands for Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. It's one layer of the U.S. Customs & Border Protection's (CBP) multi-layered cargo enforcement strategy.  It represents a collaboration between the trade community and the U.S. government that began after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The primary goals of CTPAT are strengthening international supply chains and bolstering border security. Participation is incentivized by numerous perks.

Among the long list of member incentives: Fewer customs examinations, front-of-the-line inspections, reduced border delays, access to Free and Secure Trade (FAST) lanes at land borders, business resumption priority post-natural disaster, possible exemption from Stratified Exams, assignment of a Supply Chain Security Specialist to your company, importer eligibility to participate in the new CTPAT Compliance Trade Program, and much more.

Qualifying for and maintaining membership, however, can be an onerous task. SGT makes it simple.


The CTPAT solutions that SGT provides are second-to-none. Our SCSS even noted their business partner assessments and corrective action plans as a 'Best Practice'.

Director of Supply Chain

Our organization is very pleased with the products and services provided by Star USA and the Secure Global Trade team.

Operations Manager

This team knows CTPAT and how to get the job done. Our SCSS was impressed!

Purchasing Manager

Couldn't have gotten in without them. Very satisfied.

Compliance Manager

CTPAT Experts

SGT is the branch of Star USA's international trade & consulting experts focused exclusively on CTPAT certification and revalidation. We were there when CTPAT was first introduced, and have attended validations in North & South America, Europe and Asia. As an established CTPAT authority, we offer invaluable insight to clients in a broad range of industries, sizes, and locations.

With products, services, and solutions that are comprehensive and customizable, we're fully capable of taking the lead and shouldering 95 percent of the process - allowing your team to return focus to core business priorities. Alternatively, we're happy to support your team's lead with ala cart consulting that can serve as a safety net to ensure all tasks are on track for success.

Our Results


Successful validations & revalidations across 4 continents


SGT maintains a 100% success rate. We get it right - the first time.

CTPAT Certification Process

1. Discover

Meet with key stakeholders to gain a comprehensive understanding of your current operating environment

2. Correct

Correct all non-conformance issues with potential to impact your path to CTPAT certification

3. Prepare

Prepare documentation and internal stakeholders for CPTAT application and reinforce validation points

4. Apply

After aligning all details, we'll guide your formal application to join the CTPAT program using the CTPAT Web Portal


CTPAT Certification Process

1. Discover

Meet with key stakeholders to gain a comprehensive understanding of your current operating environment


2. Correct

Correct all identified non-conformance issues that could impact your path to CTPAT Certification


3. Prepare

Prepare documentation and internal stakeholders for CPTAT application and reinforce Validation points


4. Apply

Once all the details are aligned, we'll guide your formal application to join the CTPAT program using the CTPAT Web Portal

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SGT's CTPAT expertise in domestic & global supply chain security is unrivaled.

SGT aims to both educate and empower our clients. Our processes are proven and our dedication is well-demonstrated. Federal trade regulations are complex and ever-evolving. What doesn't change is SGT's commitment to ensure each of our clients' CTPAT certification success.
Because CTPAT is an active participation program, members must prove ongoing compliance. Every year, they're required to complete a list of annual security tasks, which include: Security Assessments, Global Risk Assessments, Policy & Procedure Reviews, Employee Training, and Security Profiling. It's no small effort - but the rewards are worth it! Secure Global Trade provides clients all the tools needed to ensure success with both initial applications and annual revalidations.

CTPAT certification pros at SGT have decades of experience working with leading manufacturers, distributors, forwarders, brokers, retailers, and transportation companies.

Our services are designed to be flexible. This gives our clients the freedom to select the level of CTPAT consulting assistance they need. It also allows us to be certain your CTPAT application and ongoing compliance processes addresses the unique framework of your business.