Since its implementation in 2001, C-TPAT has historically been open to U.S importers. Customs & Border Protection has now released exporter eligibility requirements, meaning that U.S. exporters will have the opportunity to become C-TPAT certified.
In order to become C-TPAT certified and start receiving C-TPAT benefits, exporters must do the following:
- Actively export out of the United States
- Staff a business office in the United States
- Have an Employee Identification Number (EIN) or Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number
- Designate an individual within the company to be the main contact for the C-TPAT program, as well as an alternative in place to take over for that individual if need be
- Uphold agreement to maintain C-TPAT minimum security criteria
- Create a C-TPAT supply chain security program detailing how the exporter’s internal policy will meet and maintain minimum security criteria
- Demonstrate compliance with export reporting for a 12-month period leading up to the time of application
- Be in good standing with government agencies such as the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, the Department of Treasury, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the DEA, and the Department of Defense
Processes must also be in place for C-TPAT applicants to screen and select potential business partners, so that all aspects of the applicant’s supply chain are secure. For business partners within the supply chain that are eligible for C-TPAT, the applicant must provide proper documentation. If business partners within the supply chain are not eligible for C-TPAT, then the applicant must prepared to show that the business partner is at least meeting C-TPAT security requirements.
Additionally, exporters applying for C-TPAT need to have security plans in place for the following areas:
- Container security
- Conveyance tracking and monitoring
- Physical access controls
- IT security
- Personnel and procedural security
Although these eligibility requirements for exporters have been released, there is currently no word on when C-TPAT will officially be open to exporters who wish to apply.
C-TPAT Exporter Eligibility Requirements (U.S. Customs & Border Protection)
By Abby Frank, Consulting Coordinator