CTPAT stands for Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. It is a voluntary partnership program led by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) aimed at strengthening the overall security of the international supply chain.


  • Security Vision & Responsibility
  • Risk Assessment
  • Business Partners
  • Cybersecurity
  • Conveyance and Instruments of International Traffic Security
  • Seal Security
  • Procedural Security
  • Agricultural Security
  • Physical Security
  • Physical Access Controls
  • Personnel Security
  • Education, Training and Awareness


1. Compliance with Security Standards: A third-party audit based on CTPAT helps ensure that a company meets the rigorous security standards established by the program. This increases security in the supply chain and reduces the risks of terrorist and criminal activities.

2. Improved Operational Efficiency: During the audit, security processes and procedures are reviewed. Identifying areas for improvement can lead to greater operational efficiency and long-term cost savings.

3. Access to CTPAT Program Benefits: Companies that successfully pass the third-party audit can take advantage of the benefits of the CTPAT program, such as faster customs processes and a reduction in the number of physical and documentary inspections.

4. Improved Reputation: The third-party audit demonstrates the company's commitment to security in the supply chain, which can improve its reputation both nationally and internationally.

5. Greater Confidence of Business Partners: Business partners, especially those who are also in the CTPAT program, may have greater confidence in the security of the audited company's supply chain, which can strengthen business relationships.

6. Reducing Noncompliance Risk: Third-party auditing helps identify and correct potential compliance issues before they become larger problems, reducing the risk of sanctions and fines.

7. Preparation for Customs Inspections: By passing a third-party audit, a company will be better prepared for any customs inspection that may arise, reducing the possibility of delays and problems in imports and exports.

More Info: https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/ports-entry/cargo-security/CTPAT