Questions and answers about C-TPAT

  • CTPAT In-Scope Locations

    Question: We are a large company with multiple IOR numbers and many different US locations – warehouses, office buildings, distribution centers, etc.  Imports to our locations may be under multiple IORs, and IORs may import to multiple locations.  I’m new but I understand that CTPAT certification is done by IOR.  What is “in scope” for […]

  • CTPAT Definition of High Value and High Risk Cargo

    QUESTION: Some of our locations are asking how to define what cargo is considered high value or high risk for CTPAT, and I haven’t been able to find any definition for this in the CTPAT documentation. Does the membership have any (government) resources on this or can anyone share how they define it? ========== Answers: […]


    QUESTION: My company has Tier 3 CTPAT status but is questioning the benefit vs effort.  How does one go about “dropping” down to Tier 2, and would that put our program under increased scrutiny by CBP?  Our leadership is looking for a clear distinction between Tier 2 and Tier 3 requirements, but I do not […]

  • Vendor C-TPAT Survey

    QUESTION: Does anyone have experience with vendor C-TPAT surveys? If so, how did you format / style it and which manner were questions asked? Looking to send our vendors an innovative and easy C-TPAT survey. ========== Answer: There are a number of examples of these on-line.  Have you “googled” “c-tpat vendor security questionnaire”? Are you […]

  • Implications of Withdrawal from CTPAT/PIP

    QUESTION: Has anyone that has withdrawn from CTPAT and/or PIP had any issues they did not anticipate? Additionally, my main concerns are below, has anyone had issues around these areas? Shipments to or from Mexico No longer being able to use FAST lanes for US and CA Customer and carrier reactions %%%%%%%%%% ANSWER: CTPAT on the […]


    QUESTION: In my previous life, I managed CTPAT Tier III and Importer Self-Assessment (ISA) for my company. At the time, Trusted Trade was just developing. I cannot find anything about the Trusted Trader program on cbp.gov. I recall that it was going to be rolled into CTPAT and be part of the Portal, instead of […]


    QUESTION: We are currently enrolled in the CTPAT and CTPAT TC (ISA) programs. My company is wondering if any companies are thinking about leaving the CTPAT and CTPAT TC (ISA)  programs due to not receiving any benefits. Did anyone receive any heartaches when leaving both of these programs? Did Customs show up for an audit at your business after leaving these […]

  • Meeting CTPAT Container Seal Criteria

    QUESTION: Our company has security seal procedures in place that have been approved on annual security reviews and want to consider improvements. We are interested to know what ICPA members are doing to meet this requirement, especially to address when seals have been changed. Are they using any software programs ? What internal reports are […]


    QUESTION: Does anybody know if you can be a member of CTPAT TC and not a member of CTPAT Security? ========== Answers: No you cannot.  Just like with ISA, you have to be CTPAT Security Tier II or III ========== No you cannot. =========== To join CTPAT TC (what we used to call “ISA”) you need […]


    QUESTION: What are the requirements and process for a company located in Mexico to become CTPAT certified? Why is it better than becoming AEO? Mexico is part of the MRA program with the US. Is there a difference or benefit if they become CTPAT and not AEO? ========== Answer: If you want to take advantage […]


    QUESTION: I am looking to revamp the previous Compliance manager’s rating system in my new position.  We ask all MSC questions of our suppliers (Minimum Security Criteria), but I am trying to figure out which questions to rate for risk.  I know there are 58 “musts” in the MSC, but do we need to check […]


    QUESTION: My understanding is that C-TPAT is not as glamorous these days because of cost and benefits.  Questions: The only real C-TPAT benefit for a US company with a maquila is the benefit of the FAST lane into the US, correct? If the US company utilizes a cross dock at the US/MX border, how does […]